Yesterday, I was looking for a good laugh, found one, and shared it with you. I hope you enjoyed it.
Today, I’m… well… I’m angry and indignant, and aggravated, and disgusted and… Well, damn it. I’m pissed off. There, I said it. I hope nobody is offended. I’m tired of being appropriate with my language, so just bear with me or click away from this post now. Fair enough?
Migraineurs everywhere are always looking for better treatments. We hope for the day when a cure will be found, but we know it’s not here yet.
One of the latest potential treatments to be touted as a “cure” is plastic surgery. Now, this is an unusual situation. I haven’t seen the doctor who developed the treatment or the doctors who published a journal article about it calling it a “cure.”
So, who WAS calling the procedure a cure? Only big media outlets such as CNN and major online health network WebMD! The very people who should know better. Reading their articles, it became quite clear that they had either not read the full journal article or didn’t understand the data and its implications. It came as no surprise to me that the most balanced report on the procedure and journal article came from author and patient advocate Teri Robert on MyMigraineConnection. Robert’s article reviewed the data from the study, included comments from well known Migraine specialists, asked questions, and ended with this paragraph,
Although I have my reservations, this study isn’t one to ignore either. It may be the beginning of another useful treatment. It is not a cure, however, no matter how many people (and sensationalized headlines) want to call it one. It is a potential treatment that needs more research. A larger study, conducted by other researchers with stronger methodology needs to be conducted to investigate any potentials of this surgery for Migraine prevention.
Her full article on MyMigraineConnection is titled Plastic Surgery for Migraine?
Personally, I’m tired of the bullshit, thus the “no bull” image above. To the media and health network folks who might come across this — I challenge you to get back to good articles rather than sensationalized headlines to grab attention. Take your cue from Ms. Robert who reads, researches, and consults other experts before writing. And to Ms. Robert, thank you!
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