Saturday, August 25, 2007

Diagnois is the first step with Migraines

It's estimated that half of those living with Migraine disease haven't been diagnosed. I know several people whom I really think are among the undiagnosed.

Take Sylvia (not her real name) for an example. Sylvia has severe, throbbing "headaches" accompanied by:
  • heightened sensitivity to light (photophobia) and sound (phonophobia),
  • horrid nausea,
  • and mood swings.
Sylvia is certain they're not Migraines, so certain she won't even mention them to her doctor. She told me, "They can't be Migraines 'cause I don't have that aura thing." That's a common misconception about Migraines. The reality is that only about a quarter of us have aura.

Actress Marcia Cross is a Migraineur and was part of a campaign to educate people and encourage diagnosis. Here's video of a television commercial from that campaign.

Please, take Ms. Cross's advice and see your doctor if you have unexplained "headaches."


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