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Day 23: #MHAM #HMABC Cure?

Hope for a Cure?: Do you have hope that a cure will be found for your Headache disorder? Tell us about your hope.

Not really. Treatment as it stands has helped me little for migraines with aura, less than that for migraine associated vertigo and persistent migraine auras. I believe they are just learning things about how migraines function and therefore are quite a ways from any potential cure in my lifetime. Perhaps I lack optimism in this area given so many failed treatments. You start getting just things like 'exercise, biofeedback and meditation' from doctors at this point in the game... because they have no clue how to help you. Ran out of idea and sort of are just winging it at this point. Not to say those things won't help, in some way, but not enough it seems to make any significant difference.

I have more hope in particular targeted treatments coming down the pipeline. As it stands, currently, we have triptans for actual migraine abortives that were created for migraines and every other preventative medication we take was designed for something else (all off-label). New treatments specific to migraines could be a massive benefit to treatment.  

Meanwhile, as we reported earlier this week, study results on a new class of anti-calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) monoclonal antibodies to fight migraine highlighted the meeting. Big players like Lilly (NYSE:LLY), Teva (NYSE:TEVA) and Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) along with high flying start up Alder Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALDR) are in various stages of drug development. CGRP modulates transmission of pain and dilation of blood vessels.
“This development is a transformative moment in migraine treatment,” said Peter J. Goadsby, MD, PhD, who is chair of the scientific program of the American Headache Society’s annual Scientific Meeting.  Dr. Goadsby is Chief of the UCSF Headache Center, and one of the world’s leading headache treatment experts and researchers. (Here’s the release from the American Headache Society) National Pain
I have a lot of interest in the CGRP development for migraines in particular and hope we see this in the near future and it is something that works for the majority of us. Certainly the research looks promising to me.

However, I do not often let myself think about potential cures because then it often seems I have this false hope for the future. That if I just push through this pain for just a little bit longer there will be some relief in the future... relief that never comes. I think it is more realistic to deal with what there is, cope with what there is and do as much as I can to improve the situation, if I can, than put any hope in a cure. If it comes my way, then awesome. Sort of like thinking about menopause for women; during which the process is often significantly more painful for migraines but After we Can see some improvement or... not. We can never know which group we will be in until we get through the horrific part of the process. Therefore I cannot hope that menopause will be the break I am looking for, because it may very well not be. We just never know. 

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