Migraine Awareness Month
June is Migraine Awareness Month—a time when it is important to spread the word about migraines being more than “just a headache.”
If you are reading this, that means that you or someone close to you is having to deal with migraines on monthly, weekly, or even daily basis. That also means that you have probably had to deal with people’s misunderstanding of what a migraine actually is.
In honor of Migraine Awareness month, we wanted to give you some key facts and figures you can use to help defend yourself against the common misunderstandings that you may encounter.
- It Is NOT a Headache – Probably the most common misconception about migraines is that they are just like a bad headache, but that could not be further from the truth. The pain is much more severe and the location of the pain varies from person to person. More than that, over-the-counter painkillers that treat headaches are not as effective at treating migraines.
- It’s Hard to Make Plans – If you persistently experience pain from migraines, it can be extremely difficult to make plans too far in advance. Sure, you may have tried in the past, but after repeatedly having to cancel on people, the thought of planning ahead has become too stressful. It’s not that you don’t want to go; it’s that you don’t want to be in a spot where you’ll have to let people down.
- You Are Not a Picky Eater – Even when migraineurs are able to make it out to the restaurant, people around them may be put off by their scrutinization of the menu. What they need to understand is that you’re not a picky eater, you are actively trying to avoid triggering a migraine. You have every right to choose the foods that are right for you.
- Auras Can Cause Strange Behavior – When your migraine is coming on, there is a very good chance that you may start shaking your head, covering your eyes, or you might even start speaking nonsensically. While some may interpret this behavior as the symptoms of some kind of substance abuse, they should be made to understand that these are normal symptoms of an on-coming migraine.
- It Is OK to Talk About it – We’ve heard so many stories here from people who have been told by a friend or loved one that they just didn’t want to hear about migraines anymore. You have every right to inform people of your experience—especially since it is something that you live with every single day.
So, speak up this Migraine Awareness Month, and let people know that migraines are real and that you are really working toward treating them as best you can.
Here are a couple of resources we can offer you right now to help you treat your migraines:
- You can find our review of the Top 10 Conservative Treatments here.
- And you can find our review of the 10 Best Migraine Apps here.
Feel free to reach out to us if you are ready to put an end to migraines for good.
If you experience chronic migraines, the team at Migraine Treatment Centers of America is ready to help. These experts employ the latest in technologies and techniques to help manage attacks and improve quality of life for countless migraineurs. Learn more about what they do by calling (855) 440-5606 today!