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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Migraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge #7: List Topper

There are SOOO many myths and misconceptions about Migraine. But, I think the biggest and most common one is the idea that "Migraine is just a headache."

Migraine is a genetic, neurological disease. It affects a person in every aspect of his/her life. In fact, some migraines (such as, abdominal migraines), don't even have the head pain that most people identify Migraine with. There are four different phases:  prodrome, aura, headache, postdrome. Some of the most common Migraine symptoms are:  throbbing pain, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, nausea, vision changes, vomiting, aura, neck pain, weakness, dizziness, sensitivity of smell. Migraine attacks last for at least four hours, and may last for days (or longer).

Migraine disease is much more complex than most people know or understand. I try to help minimize the myths and misunderstanding, by trying to keep myself educated and open to sharing with others what Migraine disease truly is. Hopefully this will bring about a better understanding of the severity of Migraine and other headache disorders... leading to increased interest, research, and new treatments.

This post was written as part of the Migraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge (MAMBC), which is initiated by www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com and the National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation (NHF).