So, thanks to Google alerts, I just came across one of the biggest crocks I’ve seen so far. The person who wrote the featured article, Common Myths About Optical Migraine Symptoms*, is either seriously misinformed or delusional.
First, as has been discussed here, the term “optical Migraine” may be used in many places on the internet, but it’s not a form of Migraine as recognized by the International Headache Society’s International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition (ICHD-II), which is the gold standard for diagnosing and classifying types of Migraine and other headache disorders. “Optical Migraine,” is misused all over the place, and depending on who you see us it where, it can be used to mean something different each time you see it. OK, let’s pause for a moment here. Why am I explaining this yet again, when I can just point you to an article that says it better than I ever could? To understand why I’m saying using the term “optical Migraine” is a bad thing, take a look at this article by Teri Robert: Ocular, Optical, and Ophthalmic Migraine.
In short, THAT ARTICLE is the biggest myth I’ve seen!
Here, please imagine a great television announcer saying…
But wait! There’s more…
A link at the bottom of this pathetic excuse for an article takes you to a web site that has a section on… Yes, you guessed it… Migraine types! Here are the types of Migraine this person lists, with the incorrect ones in grey, crossed-out type:
- Hemiplegic Migraine
- Basilar Migraine
- Menstrual Migraine
- Optical Migraine
- Ocular Migraine
- Migraine Aura (I’ll give her this one; it’s Migraine with aura.)
- Retinal Migraine
- Abdominal Migraine
- Complicated Migraine
- Hormonal Migraine
- Tension Migraine
- Transformed Migraine
- Visual Migraine
- Cluster Migraine
Six out of 14? I could go on, but why? What I’ve already written is enough to warn anyone that this article and the site it links to aren’t worth the time it would take to click on the link.
This article and site leave me with one question: Why the hell do people who haven’t a clue what they’re talking about insist upon writing articles and web sites?
* Note: I have further reason to question the site this article was on. This morning, I found this blog deactivated. When I asked why, it was because of the link to this article. To keep my blog, I needed to remove the link. Wow!
Note added 09/04/10