Is Tweeting Giving you a Migraine?

Overhead LaptopSocial media is a sounding board for just about anything these days. You can often comb through your Twitter or Facebook feeds and find plentiful statuses of friends and family venting about different types of pain. So prevalent is the social media phenomenon that scientists have decided to study Twitter posts to learn more about migraine headaches. A recent study was led by Alexandre DaSilva, assistant professor and director of the Headache and Orofacial Pain Effort at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, in the home state of Comfort Dental Spa. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari would like to share more about this fascinating information which was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Tweeting our Pain

“As technology and language evolve,” says DaSilva, “so does the way we share our suffering.” This made evaluation of self-reported migraines in social media a valuable angle to take in learning more about people who suffer from these insidious headaches. The study’s authors found that approximately 12% of the Western population get migraine headaches. A third of these sufferers are limited to bed rest during their migraine attacks.

Analyzing Social Media to Learn More

Says Dr. DaSilva, “Social media allows us to track how our society is constantly evolving in the way we express and share our suffering. This kind of information is crucial to better connect with and understand our pain patients in order to provide the most effective treatment and relief they sought for.” DaSilva and his team looked at some 21,741 tweets for their research. Once the tweets were narrowed down to migraine related content, the analysis revealed that about ¾ of migraine tweets were made by females. Mondays at 10 am Eastern Daylight Saving Time showed the largest single influx of migraine complaints. Roughly 58% of migraine tweets came from Americans while Europeans made up 20%. Nearly half of the social media statements showed that migraine headaches affected a person’s mood immediately.

Visit your Farmington Hills Dentist

Migraines often overlap with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) which Dr. Askari is happy to help you with. Feel free to contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)474-6434 for a consultation. Located in Farmington Hills, Michigan our office serves patients from as far as Toronto, Canada as well as nearby Oakland and Wayne County including neighboring cities such as Farmington, Novi, Northville, Plymouth, Livonia, Westland, Bloomfield, S. Lyon, Southfield, Ann Arbor and surrounding neighborhoods.