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“Talking Head Pain” Episodes

Check out episodes of “Talking Head Pain” with Joe Coe and Sarah Shaw below and be sure to subscribe for access to future episodes.

In this episode of Talking Head Pain, Sarah welcomes Katrina, a patient advocate navigating multiple conditions including migraine and endometriosis. They discuss Katrina’s journey — from years of misdiagnosis to finally finding a doctor who would listen and offer effective migraine treatment options. Katrina and Sarah dive into the overlap of endometriosis and migraine advocacy, highlighting the challenges and breakthroughs along the way. This discussion provides insights into the daily realities of shared decision-making with your health care team, the journey to diagnosis, and the importance of self-advocacy.

In this episode of Talking Head Pain, Sarah is joined by Nicole, a nursing student living with migraine. Nicole shares her harrowing journey, the challenges of navigating health care, and how she turned her struggle into advocacy for herself and others. Nicole’s experiences highlight the power of advocacy, the impact of stigma, and the importance of community support in living with migraine.
Join Sarah and Nicole for an episode that offers valuable insights for anyone looking to advocate for better migraine care and understanding.

In this special episode of Talking Head Pain, Sarah is joined by colleagues Kelly Gavigan and Eric Stone as they delve into the nuances of episodic migraine care. They discuss GHLF’s UpEnd Migraine Project, which aims to enhance health care provider education in primary and emergency care settings for better migraine management. Through a conversation that spans personal experiences and the project’s objectives, the episode sheds light on the challenges and opportunities in treatment for those living with episodic migraine.

If you are a health care provider or a patient living with episodic migraine, make sure to listen to the episode and participate in our survey. This will help more patients like you, get diagnosed and on proper treatment.

Healthcare, Nurse & ER Practitioner Survey: https://www.research.net/r/FBDYLHM

Episodic Migraine Patient Survey: https://singuser0bd3f30c.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0OGZIOGI0mmtMsm?Source=Ext

In this special episode of Talking Head Pain, recorded live at Headache on the Hill, Sarah brings together a diverse group of patient advocates to share their personal stories and reasons for advocating for migraine awareness and better treatment access. The episode delves into the importance of advocacy, the need for improved health care policies, and the power of sharing one’s story to break the silence and stigma surrounding chronic migraine.

Join Sarah and her guests for an inspiring episode that highlights the collective effort of the migraine community to make a lasting impact on the hill and beyond.

In this episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe is joined by Dr. Andrew Charles, Professor of Neurology and Director of the UCLA Migraine and Pain Program, as well as the current President of the American Headache Society (AHS). Together, they explore the groundbreaking updates in migraine prevention therapy, highlighting the AHS’s recent position on CGRP inhibitors as a first-line treatment. Dr. Charles shares insights into the development of these migraine-specific therapies, their efficacy, and the significant impact they have on patients’ lives, offering a glimpse into the future of migraine management.

Join Joe and Dr. Charles for a compelling conversation that shines a light on the latest advancements in migraine treatment and the positive changes they bring to the migraine community.

In this episode of Talking Head Pain, Sarah is joined by Nahid Shukralla, a migraine patient and visual artist who uniquely intertwines her experiences living with migraine into her artwork. Nahid shares her journey and how chronic migraine led her back to her first love: art. Nahid also delves into her innovative approach to visualizing migraine auras through digital art, offering a rare glimpse into the visual phenomena that many with migraine experience but are seldom able to share. This conversation illuminates the therapeutic power of art, the importance of a supportive community in managing chronic illness, and how pivoting careers can lead to creativity and understanding.

Join Sarah and Nahid for an inspiring episode that bridges the worlds of art, medicine, and the lived experience of migraine, providing insights and validation for those on a similar journey.

In this episode of Talking Head Pain, Sarah is joined by chronic migraine patient Taylor, to explore the intricacies of living with chronic migraine and navigating the health care system. They discuss the evolution of emergency care for migraine patients, the shifting landscape of migraine treatment, and how living in pain can affect our mental health. The episode also touches on the critical role of patients in treatment decisions, the stigma surrounding migraine, and how just being fine, is not fine when it comes to patient health.

Join Sarah and Taylor for a heartfelt conversation that underscores the importance of support, understanding, and advocacy in the migraine community.

In this episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe Coe welcomes Izac Ross, Founder of the Haven Headache & Migraine Center and a patient advocate. They delve into Izac’s lifelong journey with migraine, beginning with his childhood diagnosis and the challenges of dealing with the condition through various stages of life.

Izac discusses his experiences with a range of treatments, highlighting the transformative effects of newer therapies like CGRP inhibitors and Botox. The conversation also emphasizes the importance of not settling for subpar treatment, advocating for oneself in medical settings, and managing a career while coping with chronic migraine.

In this episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe Coe welcomes Dr. Andrew Blumenfeld, Director of The Los Angeles Headache Center and a world-renowned headache specialist who helped develop the Botox injection protocol used in the pivotal migraine trials.

They delve into the complexities of migraine management, discussing recently introduced concepts like “migraine freedom” and the multimodal approach to treatment. Dr. Blumenfeld addresses the challenges in navigating patient care within the constraints of insurance companies. The conversation also sheds light on the critical role of caffeine in migraine control and explores the often-overlooked symptoms experienced between migraine attacks.

Join Joe and Dr. Blumenfeld in an informative conversation that offers new perspectives and hope for migraineurs.

In this special episode, Joe speaks with Dr. Anne Luebke at the European Headache Congress in Barcelona. Dr. Luebke, a researcher and Associate Professor at the University of Rochester in New York, shares insights into her work and research on vestibular migraine. She explains the challenges in treating this condition, particularly the ineffectiveness of older migraine medications in addressing vertigo symptoms.

Dr. Luebke offers hope, citing ongoing research into new therapies and emphasizes the potential need for a multi-therapy approach to effectively manage vestibular migraine.

In this special episode, Joe speaks with Dr. Franchesca Fiorito, Board Certified Neurologist & Headache Subspecialist in Puerto Rico, at the European Headache Congress in Barcelona.

Dr. Fiorito shares her extensive work in advancing headache medicine, and details her efforts in establishing headache medicine education, clinics, and a specialized headache center tailored for patient comfort. The conversation touches upon the challenges of patient education, accessing specialized care, and dealing with local insurance companies. Dr. Fiorito also discusses her efforts in fostering collaboration between neurology and rheumatology to better understand and treat pain disorders.

In this special episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe speaks with Dr. Miguel Lainez, Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the Hospital Clínico Universitario, and Professor of Neurology at the Catholic University of Valencia, at the European Headache Congress in Barcelona.

Dr. Miguel Lainez shares his valuable insights on key topics at this year’s congress, including medication overuse headaches and vestibular migraine. He underscores the significance of new treatments like monoclonal antibodies and highlights the importance of patient education and reducing stigma associated with migraine.

In this special episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe speaks with Dr. Jana-Isabel Huhn-Doll at the European Headache Congress in Barcelona. Dr. Huhn-Doll, a neurologist and pain specialist from Germany, shares insights into the use of Botox for chronic migraine treatment.

Together they discuss the PHASE III Research Evaluating Migraine Prophylaxis Therapy (PREEMPT) protocol and the ‘follow the pain’ approach, which offers a more individualized treatment plan by targeting specific pain areas as identified by patients.

In this special episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe speaks with Dr. Eyal Maoz Halevy, a Frontiers Award recipient at the American Headache Society’s Scottsdale Headache Symposium.

Dr. Eyal Maoz Halevy shares what he has found most impactful at the Symposium, and discusses his research on the role of physical activity as a vital sign (PAVS), revealing surprising insights about physical activity levels in migraine patients.

In this episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe Coe is joined by Kelly Gavigan Lorant, Director of Data Management and Analytics at GHLF, as they explore the findings from a recent patient-centered survey on migraine. Kelly also explains how GHLF’s research registry, originally focused on rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions, has expanded to include a broader spectrum of chronic diseases, including migraine.

Discover the insights gained about migraine patients, their treatment paths, and how these can intersect with other chronic conditions. This episode provides a unique look into the evolving understanding and management of migraine within the chronic illness community.

In this episode of Talking Head Pain, Sarah is joined by Kellie, a staunch advocate for migraine and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Kellie walks us through her journey of living with a TBI from when she was in college to now with the critical work she is doing to provide migraine educational resources to employers and employees via Migraine at Work.

Listen in as Kellie bravely opens up about her struggles with depression and migraine and her battle of overcoming the stigma attached to seeking help for mental health issues. Kellie also shares the significance of having a supportive network and the role of education and advocacy in reshaping the narrative about migraine attacks.

In this episode of Talking Head Pain, Sarah is joined by Avi, who lives with migraine and other chronic illnesses. Through his migraine journey, Avi shares with us the difficulty he and his family encountered trying to get diagnosed. Avi also breaks down the challenges he faces navigating the health care system as a trans man and non-binary person. He shares his experiences of being misgendered and deadnamed (when a transgender person is referred by their birth name after transitioning) in doctors’ offices, highlighting the need for greater gender-affirming care.

In this week’s episode of Talking Head Pain, Sarah is joined by Amanda, a migraine patient, advocate, stay-at-home parent, and educator living with multiple chronic health conditions. Join Sarah and Amanda as they dig into the ebbs and flows of being a parent living with chronic migraine, things we’ve learned from the migraine community, getting the confidence to advocate and speak up for ourselves, the importance of normalizing talks about your chronic illnesses and mental health with your family unit and finding time through self-care of dopamine searching through bird watching and memes.

In this week’s episode of Talking Head Pain, Sarah is joined by Bernadette, a migraine advocate, digital creator, and somatic-informed certified educator who runs a chronic illness Instagram account called “chronicaccounts.” Bernadette is a former classroom teacher who now focuses on educating and supporting others to understand their life with migraine disease better.

Join Sarah and Bernadette as they discuss Bernadette’s journey navigating multiple misdiagnoses, leading to a delayed migraine diagnosis, pivoting from a well-loved career, and finding community. Hear how Bernadette’s migraine diagnosis journey ultimately led her to patient advocacy.

In this week’s episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe is joined by Dr. Nina Riggins, a board-certified neurologist who specializes in headache medicine and traumatic brain injury. The episode sheds lights on the intersection of migraine, weight management, and the impact of a new class of weight-loss drugs, GLP-1 agonists. Joe provides his own patient insight by sharing his personal experience with weight loss and migraine. Together, they also discuss the importance of a patient-specific plan and open communication between doctors and patients.

In this week’s episode of Talking Head Pain, Sarah is joined by Simar, a university student from Australia who lives with migraine and runs a migraine advocacy Instagram account called “studywithmigraine.”

Join Sarah and Simar as they dive into navigating life as a university student living with migraine, the challenges of getting a migraine diagnosis as a woman of color, and the importance of finding doctors who take migraine and mental health seriously. Hear from Simar as she shares her lived experiences of coping with the isolation of chronic migraine and navigating accommodations in college.

In this episode of Talking Head Pain, Sarah welcomes back guest Shruti Shivaramakrishnan, a migraine and mental health advocate, to explore the complex relationship between chronic migraine, mental health, and navigating health care systems.

Join Sarah and Shruti as they discuss the profound impact of migraine on mental health, and shed a light on the need for continued dialogue and support in the migraine community.

In this special episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe speaks with Dr. Barbara Nye, a Neurologist, Headache Specialist, and the Program Director for the Headache Fellowship at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. Recorded live at the American Headache Society’s (AHS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, they discuss the latest trends and developments in headache research, including a focus on diversifying patient representation and understanding the unique experiences of different ethnicities and genders. Dr. Nye also sheds light on the AHS’s ambitious plan for the next five to 10 years, with an aim to enhance headache diagnosis and management, possibly incorporating AI and genetic-based strategies.

In this special episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe speaks with Dr. Barbara Nye, a Neurologist, Headache Specialist, and the Program Director for the Headache Fellowship at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. Recorded live at the American Headache Society’s (AHS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, they discuss the latest trends and developments in headache research, including a focus on diversifying patient representation and understanding the unique experiences of different ethnicities and genders. Dr. Nye also sheds light on the AHS’s ambitious plan for the next five to 10 years, with an aim to enhance headache diagnosis and management, possibly incorporating AI and genetic-based strategies.

In this special episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe speaks with Dr. Hida Nierenburg at the American Headache Society’s meeting in Austin.

Dr. Nierenburg sheds light on the transformative potential of recent therapies in managing head pain and migraine, along with her anticipation for future breakthroughs in treatment. She also provides insight into her role as a mentor for her first fellow

In today’s episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe delves into the personal journey of Marta Mrozek, a psychotherapy student who lives with migraine. Marta opens up about chronic migraine and her initial reluctance to accept her diagnosis. She also discusses the powerful realization about needing therapy and finding the right support system, which helped her navigate her condition.

Join us, as we explore Marta’s unique insights into reimagining her life in the face of chronic migraine and her journey toward advocacy.

On this episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe chats with Rabia Kiani, a lifelong migraine patient. Rabia reflects on how her migraine attacks and ability to manage them have been significantly influenced by her access to various treatments across different periods of her life and geographic locations. Rabia also discusses her experiences with medication overuse, or ‘rebound’ headaches, due to frequent use of over-the-counter medication to keep her migraine at bay.

On this episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe is joined by Genevieve Pharand, a lawyer and a member of the Board of Directors of Migraine Quebec. Genevieve discusses her journey from her first migraine attack at the age of 10 to the debilitating chronic migraines she began to experience in her 40s.

Genevieve discusses how her journey led her to become an advocate for fellow migraine sufferers. Tune in to listen to Genevieve’s testament to resilience and hope amidst the challenges of living with chronic pain.

On this episode of Talking Head Pain, Sarah is joined by Judith Klausner, a migraine patient and an artist from Massachusetts with a love for small, intricate, and overlooked things. Judith’s experience of invisible disability and chronic pain plays an integral role in how she views the world and creates art. Her work has been featured in Harper’s magazine, Reader’s Digest, the Huffington Post, and NPR.

Join Sarah and Judith as they discuss the inspiration for her children’s book on migraine attacks, Noah the Narwhal: A Tale of Downs and Ups as well as creating art with chronic and mental illnesses, and the importance of rest as a form of productivity.

On today’s episode of Talking Head Pain, Sarah is joined by chronic migraine patient D’Sena’ and Bailey, her service dog, who helps her with her chronic illnesses. D’Sena’ is also a single mother of a child with migraine attacks, and she shares with us how she supports him during these episodes.

Join Sarah and D’Sena’ as they dig into topics such as caregiving, parenting, advocacy for children, service dogs, health insurance, and discrimination related to chronic migraine and health care for women of color.

In this episode of Talking Head Pain, Sarah is joined by Kate Schwab, LCSW, a somatic therapist who also happens to live with migraine. Kate uses a client-centered approach to therapy, tailoring her treatment to each individual’s unique needs and goals. Kate integrates evidence-based techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and psychodynamic therapy to help her clients achieve lasting change.

Join Sarah and Kate as they have a real conversation about how migraine and mental health intersect, what drew her to become a therapist, the stigma around speaking up about mental health and pain, and the importance of having an inclusive therapist that creates a safe space for those living with chronic pain like migraine.

In this special episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe is joined by his colleague Sarah Shaw, Senior Manager of BIPOC Community Outreach at the Global Healthy Living Foundation, to discuss an exciting update for Talking Head Pain: Sarah will be joining the podcast as a co-host.

Join Joe and Sarah as they discuss the podcast’s new direction, and how they will continue to uplift the voices of the migraine community that are not always represented.

In this episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe is joined by Dr. Nina Riggins, Director of the Headache and Traumatic Brain Injury Center at UC San Diego Health, a Neurologist, and Headache Specialist. By applying her passions for education and advocacy, Dr. Riggins is very active in the headache community and has participated in Neurology on the Hill as well as Headache on the Hill.

Join Joe and Dr. Riggins as they discuss her work providing migraine education to primary care doctors as well as her education and advocacy efforts aimed at bolstering awareness so patients can reach earlier diagnosis and achieve better management of their symptoms. Dr. Riggins also shares the latest on migraine treatment options and research advancements.

This week on Talking Head Pain, Joe is joined by Susan McManus, a migraine patient and advocate who was diagnosed 20 years ago. Describing herself as a “highly functioning migraineur” when her kids were still at school, Susan’s life was turned upside down after her condition became chronic.

Join Joe and Susan as they discuss how she navigated the shift to chronic migraine, her advocacy journey, her involvement with Headache on the Hill, and what she’s learned in trying to remain active while surrounding herself with a great team of doctors.

On today’s episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe is joined by chronic migraine and long COVID patient Marnie Russ, Program Administrator for the National Kitten College Program (NKCP). Through her work at the Kitten program and speaking at migraine events like Headache on the Hill, Marnie has had a positive impact on both humans and our feline friends.

Join Joe and Marnie as they discuss caring for kittens, how migraine impacts relationships, and how COVID can change one’s headache.

On this week’s episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe is joined by Wayne Anderson, DO, FAHS, FAAN, a neurologist in San Francisco, CA. In addition to being a provider, Dr. Anderson is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Neurology and takes part in advocacy events like Neurology on the Hill, so that he can be a part of a chorus of healthcare providers trying to improve the lives of those living with neurological disorders.

Join Joe and Dr. Anderson as they discuss Neurology on the Hill, the challenges facing providers, and how providers can become advocates.

This week on Talking Head Pain, Joe is joined by Laura Laureta, a migraine patient and creator of Lit Up My Mind, a website dedicated to making resources about migraine and traumatic brain injury accessible to the community. Through this work, Laura turns the pain she’s experienced into hope for others.

Join Joe and Laura as they discuss Lit Up My Mind, being written off by doctors, and the fun of virtual game nights.

Last week, Joe attended Headache on the Hill, an advocacy event which brings migraine patients and providers to Capital Hill to share their stories with elected officials. Joe was able to meet up with Natalie Copeland, migraine patient/advocate, and Dr. Stephanie Nahas, a neurologist/advocate, who brought their stories and expertise to the nation’s capital.

Join Joe, Natalie, and Dr. Nahas as they discuss their goals for the 2023 Headache on the Hill.

Today on Talking Head Pain, Joe is joined by Kelsey Feng, a migraine advocate and creator of the social media page, Kelsey’s Migraine. Through their work online and advocacy efforts like Headache on the Hill, Kelsey aims to end the stigma of migraine within the LGBTQ+ and East Asian communities.

Join Joe and Kelsey as they discuss Headache on the Hill, representation on social media, and the importance of increased research efforts.

In this episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe is joined by Dr. Jono Taves, a physical therapist specializing in the treatment of headache and migraine at the Novera Headache Center. Through his work at the center, his TikTok videos, and podcast, Dr. Taves inspires and educates the migraine community.

Join Joe and Dr. Taves as they discuss the neck’s connection to migraine, advice for those nervous about seeing a physical therapist, and easy stretches to try at home.

Today on Talking Head Pain, Joe is joined by Alan Kaplan, Founder of NDPHaware. Alan lives with New Daily Persistent Headache (NDPH) and started the organization to build community and advance research.

Join Joe and Alan as they discuss NDHP, online support groups, and the emergence of psychedelics.

On today’s episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe is joined by Alicia Wolf, creator of the Instagram account, “The Dizzy Cook” and author of “The Mediterranean Migraine Diet: A Science-Based Roadmap to Control Symptoms and Transform Brain Health.”

Join Joe and Alicia in part two of their interview where they discuss the recipe for happiness, international cuisine, and meals with special meaning.

On today’s episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe is joined by Alicia Wolf, creator of the Instagram account, “The Dizzy Cook” and author of “The Mediterranean Migraine Diet: A Science-Based Roadmap to Control Symptoms and Transform Brain Health.”

In part 1 of their interview, Joe and Alicia discuss getting diagnosed, the impact vestibular migraine has on relationships, and Alicia’s journey to becoming The Dizzy Cook.

On this episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe is joined by Erica Carrasco, the founder of Achy Smile. Erica is a small business owner who creates migraine awareness apparel and merchandise, a great tool to advocate for chronic illness.

Join Joe and Erica as they discuss creating Achy Smile, Erica’s experience with physical therapy, and the pressures of trying to stick to a strict diet.

This week on Talking Head Pain, Joe is joined by Kathy O’Shea, author of “So Much More Than a Headache: Understanding Migraine Through Literature.” In her book, Kathy delves into the pieces of literature that capture what it’s like to live with migraine.

Join Joe and Kathy as they discuss migraine in unexpected pieces, migraine as a literary tool, and the works that represent migraine poorly.

In the second part of our look back at 2022, we hear previous guests talk about topics such as mental health, social media, and being a guest on Jeopardy while having vestibular migraine.

On this very special episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe walks us through a few of the standout moments from the past year of incredible conversations with health care providers, migraine patients, and chronic illness advocates. With more than 50 episodes released in 2022, this was a memorable year to be a part of the Talking Head Pain community. Thank you for being a member of this fantastic network!

On this episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe is joined by Emily Klein, Professor of Education at Montclair State University, a migraine patient, and activist. Emily has lived with migraine for many years, and her patient journey echoes the experiences of many. From parenting with migraine to worrying about job performance, her story is one of perseverance and strength.

Join Joe and Emily as they discuss being an educator with migraine during the pandemic, parenting with migraine, and the importance of having the right health care team in your corner.

On this episode of Talking Head Pain, Joe is on location at the European Headache Congress in Vienna, Austria talking with Dr. Messoud Ashina, Professor of Neurology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Director of the Human Migraine Research Unit at the Danish Headache Center and Department of Neurology, Rigshospitalet Glostrup.

Join Joe and Dr. Ashina as they discuss the interictal burden of migraine and the need for continued research that gives patients hope.