Migraine Sufferers Share Top 12 Tips for Dealing with Post-Holiday Headaches

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Community of Migraineurs Shares and Ranks Which Treatments They Find Most Effective.

Stay hydrated, find time to sleep, and when all else fails, break out the Imitrex. These are some of the most highly rated tips posted in the Migraine data-sharing community at CureTogether (full list below).

Migraine is a disease that affects 30 million Americans. The Migraine Research Foundation estimates that every 10 seconds, someone in the United States goes to the emergency room with a headache or migraine. And with the added stress of the winter holidays, some migraine doctors see a 30 to 40 percent increase in office visits, according to the Headache Institute.

To help manage their migraine pain and find solutions for it, a community of migraine sufferers is growing at CureTogether (http://www.curetogether.com/Migraine). People are sharing treatments, rating their effectiveness, and writing reviews of their experience. This data is continually gathered into live statistical charts that show how many people have tried a given treatment and how effective it was, on average. One member commented that the statistical data was "very useful"; another said "It's helpful to see what triggers other people have and what they've tried, and a good reminder to focus on avoiding my triggers as much as I can over the holidays, and afterwards!"

The top 12 tips for dealing with migraines as suggested and ranked by CureTogether members are*:

1. Reduce stress
2. Sleep
3. Ibuprofen
4. Avoid dietary triggers
5. Avoid caffeine
6. Imitrex
7. Don't stare at a computer/screen too long
8. Stay hydrated
9. Neck massage
10. Maxalt
11. Chiropractic treatment
12. Magnesium

For more migraine treatments, visit http://www.curetogether.com/Migraine/_treatment/ .

CureTogether, a Mountain View, CA startup, launched in July to help patients living with chronic conditions collaborate anonymously with each other and with scientists to accelerate research. Starting with 3 conditions - Migraine, Endometriosis and Vulvodynia - its members have since expanded it to support 178 conditions.

*Please note that this list of tips and all other information on CureTogether.com does not constitute medical advice.

For more information, please contact Alexandra Carmichael at 650-533-2163


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