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Migraine: a beast I’ve been through myself. At CureTogether, 3,455 people who experience the pain of migraine came together to rate 180 treatments. Here are the current results of this ongoing study.
Our migraine survey has by far the most treatments reported by patients – even the dense scattering of points on the chart shows how many treatments people with migraine go through to find something that works. A few of our members have tried over 100 different treatments, which suggests that migraine pain is not well handled with the current state of medical knowledge.
Patients rate avoidance of triggers like smoke, MSG, red wine, and light as most effective at dealing with migraines (see the top of the green part of the chart), and alcohol and birth control pills as making their migraines worse. (see the red part of the chart above.)
The top 20 overall treatments reported for migraine are, as a list:
1. Dark room and NO NOISE!
2. Avoid red wine
3. Avoid MSG
4. Avoid smoky situations
6. Sleep with ice packs wrapped in a dry dish towel
7. Passage of time
8. Wearing sunglasses with the smallest amount of sunshine
9. Wrap ice bandage around head
10. Wrap cold towel around head and put pressure on side of neck and head that hurts most
11. Cooling headbands
13. Imitrex (Sumatriptan)
14. Avoid aspartame/phenylalanine
15. Wear a sleep mask
16. Intravenous DHE
17. Treximet (Sumatriptan and Naproxen)
18. Avoid Spenda/sucralose
19. Imitrex (Sumtriptan) injection
The rest of the results are in the graph above, which is divided into four squares…
- Top right: the most popular and effective treatments (including avoiding smoke, Imitrex, and sleep)
- Top left: effective treatments that not many people have tried, so they may be options to think about (including cold towel around head)
- Lower right: very popular but not very effective (including birth control pills)
- Lower left: neither popular nor effective (including alcohol)
Where did this data come from? This is the result of a 3-year CureTogether study on Migraine. To thank everyone for participating, we’re publishing this study openly and freely.
This is part of our regular series of research findings. Of course, with each of these findings, there is a potential bias in patient self-selection and recall. We present these findings as just what they are – patient-reported data – to stimulate discussion and generate new insights for further research.
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