Friday, June 18, 2010

Tori Spelling & Migraines: Another Famous Migraineur

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The actress Tori Spelling, best known for her work on Beverly Hills 90210 in the 90s, has been taking a lot of heat for her trim figure. She recently fought back against this nasty criticism, sharing that she has lost weight without trying to because she has been dealing with migraine attacks and other health problems.

It's not a secret that Spelling has experienced migraine attacks for years. She discussed it candidly, though briefly, in her first memoir, sTORI Telling, and has exhibited classic migraine symptoms on her reality show Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.

I've seen hundreds of gossip stories since Spelling did the interview where these issues finally came up. Unfortunately, the revelation that she dealt with swine flu has gotten most of the attention, probably because its a sexier story than the migraines. Headaches: big deal, right?! Well, wrong.

As all of us who deal with them know migraines are much more than a simple headache. In addition to head pain, they also interfere with your gastrointestinal functioning, as evidenced by Spelling's declaration that they have caused her to lose weight without trying, and many other unpleasant symptoms. They interfere with our ability to work and care for our families. Spelling has two small children and seems to desire to be a very hands-on mom. Unfortunately we've seen on her reality show that she sometimes has no choice but to step back and let someone else take the lead on tasks like feeding the kids dinner when she is experiencing an attack. I know some will dismiss this point and say, well, at least she has help. Of course, she is lucky to be able to afford to pay people to help with her household and children and to have a husband who is around to back her up. But is that really the issue here? Not to me. The issue is that I can relate to what she goes through because I have experienced the same things and I know first hand how much it hurts.

I doubt it would do much for her career, but as a young mother & actress she could be a great celebrity face for migraine disease.

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DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.