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Lifestyle Changes Seem to Work Best for Migraine

Wow, what a response.

Our depression infographic got so many tweets, blog posts, and comments that we decided to release another one.

This one is on Migraine, the condition with the most listed treatments at CureTogether. We took your excellent advice and developed an interactive version so you can click to see what all the other, unlabeled dots are.

Suffering from occasional migraines myself, I was interested to learn that sleep, darkness, and avoiding triggers like wine and MSG were reported to have the most positive effect. In terms of medications, my Tylenol bottle just doesn’t seem to cut it compared to Imitrex. Of course, I tend to just bite the bullet and wait the migraine out – no need to bother asking my doctor for a prescription.

Where did this data come from? CureTogether members have been sharing symptoms and treatments for almost 2 years now. For this infographic, information was anonymously analyzed from 941 people in our Migraine community.

To thank everyone for sharing with us, we’re releasing this result back to the community for free.

This is the second in a series of infographics we’ll be releasing over the coming weeks. Stay tuned and please give your feedback or thoughts on this result in the comments below – or write to me at

Please tweet, blog, or pass this along to anyone who can benefit or is interested in Migraine. Thank you!

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12 Responses to “Lifestyle Changes Seem to Work Best for Migraine”

  1. Awesome work! Very inspiring and forward thinking.

  2. The headline for me is that you can wait out a migraine – wow.

    The infographic also calls to mind Diana Forsythe’s classic article, “Old Wine in New Bottles,” in which she describes how artificial intelligence researchers, when designing a migraine information service, didn’t ask patients what they wanted to know. They asked *one doctor* what he thought patients should know about their condition. And guess what? He didn’t include the answer to the number one question asked by migraine sufferers: Am I going to die from this?

    You are taking Forsythe’s work a step further – again, wow.

  3. Wow, Susannah, yes I can see the fear of death coming up when encountering such intense pain – points to the wisdom of patients and e-patients, once again!

  4. Noah Yetter Says:

    MSG? Please. One has to wonder whether those respondents also eliminated parmesan cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes, and the myriad other natural sources of glutamate from their diets. Seems doubtful. Oh and then there’s the whole “scientifically disproven” thing but it seems no one cares about that these days.

    As a migraine sufferer myself I would be all over this if it were true, but it’s simply not.

  5. Hard to believe nothing close to a cure or even know what causes migraines after all these years. Lots of wasted money in the health biz.

  6. Cath of Canberra Says:

    Noah, the placebo effect is strong, and this graphic is based on self-reports. I’m lucky that mine are so totally obviously hormonal that I never got sucked into the dietary change quagmire. Zomig ftw! (Without zomig, for me it’s a couple of days of quiet, dark, icepacks, bedrest and painkillers with codeine.)

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  9. Really neat and somewhat surprising. I especially like the way you’ve summarized the results with the “Surprisingly effective” and “Popular but less helpful” labels – makes reading the graphic really easy and fast.

    The link to the depression infographic appears to be broken.

  10. Thanks Eva, and thanks for noticing the broken link! Just fixed it… :)

  11. Very interesting – but it could have been more helpful to separate the findings into treatments that help during an attack, and treatments that help prevent migraine. For me, a course of Petasites (Butterbur, a herb) about ten years ago was a complete cure, I’ve never had a migraine since, after suffering all my adult life.

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