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By MigrainesAlwaysHaveOne - September 17, 2012
...The couch is my best friend along with my cats and long suffering boyfriend. My second best friend, is what I call “the blue thing”. Its a icepack that you can velcro around your head, and I usually reach for it most mornings, before coffee even. These unusual best friends have been acquired from my 25 years of suffering with severe and chronic migraines. When I was younger, I used to get headaches. I would take Excedrin and go about...

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By Nancy Harris Bonk - March 23, 2012
...Headache is one of the most common lingering symptoms of a traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be caused by many things: an assault on the brain from a blast, a blow to the head by an object, a motor... vehicle accident and even a medical procedure. When someone experiences a concussive injury with or without a loss of consciousness brain function is interrupted – “head trauma results in complex and chaotic brain...

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By pfalzone - May 30, 2017
...I deviled migraines after a patient grabbed me by the neck and blew out 5 of my cervical discs. I had fusions put in but now my bones are collapsing around them. I have been doing Botox injections for a year but have been forced to work part time now and I don’t have very good insurance. I will have to stop theabd thdt are the only thing that hastruly worked. I still get migraines but they don’t take over my life like they did...

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By Nancy Harris Bonk - March 14, 2012
...Brain injuries may happen when we least expect them. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and the theme this year is – Brain Injury: Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone – Brain injuries do not discriminate. Statistics... from the Center for Disease Control and Injury Prevention (CDC) estimate that 1.7 million people in the United States suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. An astounding 3.1 million people live with many life-long...

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By Nancy Harris Bonk - May 3, 2012
...News of the recent and unexpected death of Junior Seau, 43-year-old former Pro Bowl linebacker, has once again raised questions regarding the long-term impact of traumatic brain injuries in the National Football League.... While details of this tragic story are still being sorted out, many are asking if Seau’s former head injuries could have contributed to his apparent suicide. Ray Easterling, 62-year old former safety for the Atlanta Falcons...

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By Ellen Schnakenberg - March 13, 2012
...It has been revealed that the US soldier allegedly responsible for the nighttime massacre of 16 Afghanistan civilians in their homes on Sunday suffered a past Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The soldier, who was on his fourth... TBI each year, only about 10% of them suffer ongoing problems as a result of their injury. In the case of disrupted brain circuitry, the damage is likely permanent and treatment is often necessary. A new 2012 study published...

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By Nancy Harris Bonk - March 12, 2012
...Every year close to 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Most people will recover after a few days of rest and return to their normal activities without any residual effects. Others will have a long...

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By Nancy Harris Bonk - January 12, 2012
...Concussion is a frequently discussed topic in the news today. So what exactly is a concussion how can it impact Migraine disease? A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when the brain is quickly... jarred inside the skull, interrupting its ability to function properly. It is the most common type of traumatic brain injury and may be caused by many things including a penetrating blow to the head, a motor vehicle accident...

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By Nancy Harris Bonk - September 3, 2012
...Now that football season is upon us, we’ll be hearing more about traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion on both the professional and student athlete levels. Many states have now passed concussion laws outlining... August 22, 2012, my son finished his last high school, double session football practice – without any injuries. In fact the majority of the team has remained fairly healthy, which is great news. If a student athlete...

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By The Migraine Girl - July 24, 2012
...This really crappy thing happened to me a few weeks ago. I was on a four-lane city highway, waiting patiently in the left-hand lane to make a turn onto the street that leads to my bookshop. I was at a full stop, waiting for traffic to clear so I could turn. And then something caught my eye. I looked in the rearview mirror and saw a car zooming toward me right as I heard the squeal of brakes and saw, for the briefest of moments, black smoke come...

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By Rocky Land - January 18, 2014
...Hi, I’m Rocky, I’m a Fifty Four year old single man. In April of 2005 I was working and a drill got away from me and the handle of the drill hit me on the left side of my head. They figured it was turning at Thirty Five Hundred RPM at impact. It cracked my scull, slammed my brain into the right side of the scull, doing damage to the right side of my brain. I now deal with EXTREME Migraine headaches, seizures, dizziness and sometime...

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By Nancy Harris Bonk - August 14, 2012
...The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported more than 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury and 52,000 die from them every year. There aren’t many treatment options for traumatic brain... injury or TBI, as there is little that can be done to reverse the initial brain damage caused by a trauma. Therefore, doctors try to keep patients stable and attempt to prevent more injury to the brain. But the lingering effects...

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By Nancy Harris Bonk - January 22, 2012
... for some. Most Americans cope fairly well with the daily stressors of life. However, soldiers who come home with extensive or long term injuries, often find these stressors of daily life even more difficult.¹ According... in servicemen and women remains low. We hope these findings will increase awareness and improve the quality of care our veterans receive. References: 1. Morin, Rich. “For Many Injured Veterans, A Lifetime of Consequences.”...

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By wngdweeler - November 18, 2013
... don’t notice a trigger pattern. I never know when they are going to strike or how severe they will be. I never experienced anything like this until that wreck and those injuries. Currently I keep some “migraine...

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By Joann - February 25, 2017
...I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia back in the late 60s and early 70s until we moved to the Atlanta area back in 1974. But while I was living in Pennsylvania, the summers were endless fun. My friends and I played outside until the street lights came on. We had block parties and July 4th parades that came right down our little street. We also had the Mosquito truck. Every night in the summer, the truck would drive around the neighborhoods...

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By Anna Eidt - May 16, 2017
...Migraine #1: no big deal Unlike many people who live with migraine, my journey had pretty clear beginnings. My very first migraine came on while I was hanging out with friends in a Toronto restaurant called, of all things, Nirvana. First the lights started glowing more strongly. Then my friends’ voices and the clinking of dishes became loud and distracting. Then my head began to feel just a tad too tight for my skull. The only thing I could stay...

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