Lindsay Patton-Carson

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Lindsay Patton-Carson writes The Monthly Migraine column for PhillyVoice. She is a former journalist and editor.

January 18, 2020

Health Stories

Self-care looks different when you're chronically ill

To people with wrestling with chronic illnesses, self-care is more than a wellness trend. It's an essential part of life.

December 3, 2019

Health Stories

The Monthly Migraine: Seven gift ideas for loved ones with chronic pain

Gift guides for people with a chronic illness or pain are important because there are so many items we can’t have.

November 8, 2019


The Monthly Migraine: Disabilities need a bigger role in body acceptance

If we really want to build a world that has body acceptance woven into it, then we need to start thinking of bodies outside of how they look.

August 29, 2019

Adult Health

The Monthly Migraine: Turning pain into art

Alice Hackvaag's experiences with migraines inspired "Atrytone/Fixed," a two-play feature running Sept. 12-14 during the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

July 18, 2019

Adult Health

The Monthly Migraine: How to support a loved one

This column is about all the ways you can support loved ones who live with migraines. Trust me, no gesture is too small for us. When we are shown the tiniest empathy, we soak it up. It doesn’t matter if the gesture is big or small, any sign of support will lift our mood and ensure that you are appreciated forever.

May 29, 2019

Adult Health

The Monthly Migraine: The state of migraine medications in 2019

Within the past year, however, migraine medication has evolved to focus on getting to the cause of migraines — changes in the brainstem and imbalances in brain chemicals are two hypotheses held by medical professionals. Medications have been introduced to manage the brain changes (specifically targeting the release of proteins that cause brain inflammation) and many of them are seeing successful results.

April 3, 2019


Losing my religion led to a healthier outlook on life

Once a committed Christian, my current outlook on life is aligned with the You Only Live Once mentality – as much as I hate to admit it and reference an annoying meme. But, sigh, it’s true.

March 26, 2019

Health Stories

The Monthly Migraine: The storm before the storm

I’m no meteorologist, but I know immediately when a storm is 30 minutes away. I start getting a dull pain that evolves into a stinging sensation and may turn into an intense migraine attack.

February 6, 2019

Health Stories

The Monthly Migraine: Pregnancy with migraines

Every person struggles with migraine differently. This month, seven women relate how migraine comes into play with family planning – whether it’s planning pregnancy, dealing with migraine during pregnancy or the postpartum hormone changes that can affect the disease.

January 10, 2019

Health Stories

The Monthly Migraine: How migraines changed my relationship with words

I started noticing my trouble with words a few years ago. I’d be having a conversation or writing a piece when the word I want to use is just… not there. It's one side effect of migraines.

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