by: Lindsay Weitzel, PhD, Migraine Strategist and Migraine Science Writer I recently had the immense pleasure of meeting Priya Rama, migraine artist and migraine overcomer extraordinaire. Priya “transforms pain into beauty” by painting the images she sees in her mind’s eye while experiencing her migraine. I have...

Diet may affect migraines for a variety of reasons, and a group of Washington, D.C. researchers recently found that a low-fat, plant-based diet may be beneficial to migraineurs. The researchers, generally affiliated with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), randomly selected 42 migraineurs, who either received a placebo supplement for 16 weeks or ate a vegan diet (a diet with no animal products) for the same time period. A several-week phase was included in which the subjects eliminated common dietary triggers. After a 4-week period of no treatment, the groups switched to the other treatment modality.

Headache experienced during pregnancy or in women who have recently given birth is usually not cause for concern. But a new study suggests that in this group of women, healthcare professionals should be alert to the rarer and more severe causes of headaches, which may point to a significant underlying health condition.

Pregnant women should not use certain preventive migraine medications because the drugs have been linked to lower IQ scores in children who were exposed to these drugs in the womb, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Pregnant women should avoid taking valproate sodium and related medications. Valproate products include valproate sodium (Depacon), divalproex sodium (Depakote, Depakote CP and Depakote ER), valproic acid (Depakene and Stavzor) and their generics.

Migraine made bigger than usual headlines recently after a study indicating that sex may be helpful in relieving migraine pain appeared in the journal Cephalalgia. While some of the headlines were clearly meant to grab attention, the science behind the study and its findings may prove valuable for many migraineurs. While most individuals with migraine and cluster headache do not engage in sexual activity during a headache attack, the findings suggest that sexual activity, orgasm in particular, can provide partial or complete relief of headache pain in some migraine and a few cluster headache patients.