Welcome to the homepage for the #MigraineChat Twitter chat. This monthly chat will take place the first Monday of each month from 1-2pm eastern time (convert timezone). The goal is to cover topics that resonate with those with migraine disease.
#Migrainechat was previously hosted by Anna Eidt. With her blessing, I re-launched the chat in 2018 with My Chronic Brain to reach those who might benefit most from camaraderie and sharing information about a range of migraine-related topics. Now I host the chat with periodic co-hosts who offer insight into the monthly topic.
I typically have a few chats planned, but if you have topic ideas or want to contact me about a guest co-hosting opportunity, please feel free to reach out (contact me through the blog or on Twitter).
Join us over on Twitter each month. Follow me: @beth_morton
Other Ways to Join #MigraineChat
Not on Twitter? There is a private #MigraineChat Facebook group where questions are posted after each chat. Access transcripts and connect with others. Join here. Note, you will be asked some membership questions. Please respond.
MigraineChat is also on Discord. Discord is a more private, chatroom-like space that is organized by topic. Download the app or access it on your desktop/laptop, and join our community here.
You can also hop over to Instagram where I’ll post the questions throughout each month.
Chat Topic & Questions
Questions will be posted a few days before each chat so that you’ll have time to prepare your tweets in advance if you want. Check back around the Friday before each chat.
January 4th: Migraine Reflections
This month is meant to be low-key. No pressure to share major accomplishments or ambitious resolutions. I’m very realistic: 2020 was a dumpster fire and nothing magically changed by flipping the calendar!
- Q1. What is one thing you learned about #migraine last year that helped you manage your attacks better? #MigraineChat
- Q2. What is something you added to your treatment plan or toolkit last year that helped you manage your #migraine attacks better? #MigraineChat
- Q3. What is something you would like to do/add this year to help manage your #migraine attacks? To do this, are there any barriers? #MigraineChat
- Q4. Did you have any wins or accomplishments in 2020 that you would like to share? It can be big or small and does not necessarily need to be #migraine related. #MigraineChat
- Q5. In contrast, 2020 was tough. Were there any losses that you would like to share? Again, big or small, not necessarily #migraine related. Vent away (and please only give advice if someone asks). #MigraineChat
- Q6. As someone with lived experience of #migraine, if you could share one piece of wisdom with healthcare professionals, what would you say? #MigraineChat
Are you newly diagnosed? We’re here to help! Have you had migraine for years or been chronic for quite some time? Join the chat each month to share your experiences and learn some new tips.
Tweet Chat Helpful Hints & Ground Rules
1. Introduce yourself! At the start of each chat, share where you are joining from (if you’re comfortable doing so) and maybe a fun factoid.
2. Include the #migrainechat hashtag in every tweet. This makes the tweets easy to follow. You can do this a few ways:
- Open a Twitter browser, then enter #migrainechat in the search window. Once the results come up, click “latest” to see chat tweets in reverse chronological order. Keep refreshing your browser.
- Alternatively, consider using a site like Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, or TweetChat.
3. To keep things clear, use a Q1/A1 format for your tweets. For example, when we tweet our question Q1, you’ll start your responding tweet with “A1: ….” If your response requires multiple replies, you can use something like A1.a, A1.b, A1.c, etc., numbering or thread your responses.
You can also quote tweet our question with your response. Don’t forget the #migrainechat hashtag (even if quote tweeting)!
4. You don’t have to answer every question. Contribute wherever you are comfortable.
5. We value interaction. Read, reply, like, engage with, and retweet others’ responses. We want this to be a chance to share and learn.
- Retweet responses that resonate with you to share with your own followers.
- If you know of relevant resources or articles, add references.
- Take time to reply to others’ responses. For example:
6. With all that said, please remember to:
- Be respectful of others’ experiences. We each experience migraine differently.
- Be gentle with unsolicited advice.
- Topics may cover products and services that help manage life with migraine. Sharing is encouraged. We just ask that you refrain from using the chats to sell your personal products.
- Give proper attribution to retweets (e.g., quote tweet or use RT and original @handle).
7. Use these chats as an opportunity to find and follow new people!
8. Last, but not least, you may want to tweet out to your followers a high tweet volume warning. That allows them to join us if they are interested or mute our hashtag, if not (whomp, whomp). For example:
That’s it! Mark your calendars and prepare for the social event of the month every first Monday!
Through April 20202, these will link you to transcript available in the private Facebook group as PDFs. Until I run of of space on WordPress, I’ll upload transcripts from May 2020 on directly to this site.
- December 3rd, 2018 Tips for & Needs of the Newly Diagnosed (Chronic) Migraine Patient
- January 7th, 2019 What to expect during a Headache Specialist appointment
- February 4th, 2019 Self-Care as Part of Your Migraine Routine
- March 4th, 2019 Navigating Work with Migraine
- April 1st, 2019 Social Media & Migraine: Positives & Pitfalls
- May 6th, 2019 Migraine-Friendly Hobbies & Activities
- June 3rd, 2019 Migraine & Headache Awareness Month: Addressing Migraine Stigma
- July 1st, 2019 Summertime & Migraine
- August 5th, 2019 Migraine & Caregivers
- September 2nd, 2019 Uncertainty & Migraine
- October 7th, 2019 New Migraine Treatments
- November 4th, 2019 Migraine & Comorbid Conditions
- December 2nd, 2019 Migraine and other Chronic Illnesses Around the Holidays: Managing Conversations & Expectations
- January 6th, 2020 Lifestyle Changes to Support Your Migraine Treatment Plan
- February 3rd, 2020 Migraine Advocacy
- March 2nd, 2020 Spring Fling
- April 6th, 2020 Migraine & COVID-19
- May 4th, 2020 Lifestyle Hacks for Managing Migraine
- June 1st, 2020 Episodic vs. Chronic Migraine & the Transition
- June 22nd, 2020 Neurology Live Special MHAM Chat
- July 6th, 2020 Migraine, Dating, and Partnered Relationships
- August 3rd, 2020 New Migraine Treatments