June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, but isn’t a migraine just a bad headache? Nope. People like Cindy McCain (wife of Senator John McCain) and 36 million Americans living with migraines will tell you otherwise. And this month, those 36 million are raising awareness and dispelling the stigma around migraines.
Headaches can have many causes – dehydration, loud noises, and even feelings of stress or anxiety can trigger pain behind our eyes and forehead. So what makes migraines different? They can still be triggered by things like intense light, noise, or certain foods, but migraines are inherited neurological disorders. They can last a long time, sometimes hours.1 Migraines can also be accompanied by auras (a visual or auditory perception that a migraine is about to strike).
The people living with migraines in the US are who inspired Cindy McCain to organize the 36 Million Migraine campaign. Listen to her share her experiences with migraines on The Today Show:
If you’ve ever experienced a migraine, you’re not alone – over 7,500 people are living with migraines on PatientsLikeMe. Many have shared what triggers their migraines and how they manage the pain – join the community to share your experiences, questions and answers with those who know what you’re going through.
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Migraines aren’t just simple headaches – they are intense, debilitating head pains that can last for a very long time if left untreated. That is just one reason why June is National Migraine Awareness Month. This month, everyone is working to get the word out about what it’s really like to experience a migraine.
Denatured Tension – Lisa LaMotte
Over 37 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with migraine,1 and these people experience a wide variety of symptoms. About a third of patients can recognize when a migraine is coming by a unique “aura” they experience beforehand, commonly flashing lights, zig-zag lines or a temporary loss of vision. Besides the throbbing, intense head pain, migraines can also be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound.2 Although there is no complete cure for migraines, treatments exist that try to block the onset of a migraine or manage the symptoms afterwards.
Morning Heavy – Julia Knowlton
The American Headache Society’s Committee for Headache Education (ACHE) has a great series of artwork on their website that shows what living with migraine is like (we have just a few here in the post). You can see the rest of the gallery by clicking here.
Loneliness, Pain, Tears – Denise Auger
Be sure to wear purple in support of migraine awareness, and don’t forget to share about your activities on Facebook and Twitter. ACHE also has a PicBadge you can post as part of Migraine Awareness Month.
Finally, if you’ve been experiencing migraines, join the more than 5,000 PatientsLikeMe members who are living with the same condition. You can check out treatment evaluations and ask about anything in the forum – the community is always up for sharing.
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