Thursday, June 07, 2012

A migraine is not just a headache: Migraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge

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I'm participating in the Migraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge every day in June.

Today's prompt is: "List Topper. There are lots of myths and misconceptions about Migraine. Which one tops your list as the biggest and most common? What can we do to get the truth out there?"

I know someone who lives with migraine disease, but insists on calling her attacks headaches. Despite the fact that she experiences fairly frequent migraine attacks, it's as though she can't see what a disservice she does herself and other migraineurs by perpetuating the myth that the terms migraine and headache are interchangeable.

There are many myths out there about migraine disease, but I think this one is a huge problem. Although we're making progress educating people all the time, we can still do more. Some ideas:
(1) Know Your Facts: Migraine is a type of headache disorder, but it's much, much more than a headache.

Migraine is a neurological condition that typically involves not only head pain, but many other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound, smell and touch, dizziness, neck pain and visual disturbances. A migraine attack usually lasts between 4 and 72 hours. In approximately 15-20% of migraine patients the migraine attack is preceded by an aura. An aura is a neurological disturbance, such as seeing spots or smelling something that isn't really there. via What is Migraine?

(2) Use the correct terminology.

(3) Politely ask friends & family to use the correct terminology and educate them about the difference.

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What migraine-related myth do you most frequently encounter? How do you try to combat it?
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National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation. The Blogger's Challenge is initiated by

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