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Have you ever tried an unproven remedy to treat migraine? I’ve tried a lot of them. Some worked, some didn’t, and some I still use. There is no research to support my experience. Yet I feel better and get fewer migraine attacks because of them.
UCLA announced this week that Wendy and Leonard Goldberg donated $10 MILLION for migraine research. After witnessing the devastation migraine had on the lives of their friends and loved ones, the Goldbergs made the choice to be part of the solution.
The holidays can be full of potential migraine triggers. Trying to get in the “holiday spirit” can be difficult when you are on alert for all the dangers. Yet vigilant you must be if you want to lower the risk of spending all day in bed while your loved ones enjoy the party.
No one ever guessed that this socially-awkward child had autism. After all, she didn’t fit any of the stereotypes. She was highly intelligent, meeting all developmental milestones ahead of schedule. She was polite and articulate with seemingly good social skills.
There are a growing number of questionable, unproven treatments. Desperate for relief, many of us will seriously consider one or more unproven treatments. At best, we will get lucky and find some relief. At worst, they may create harm or delay us from getting proven treatments.
There is no shortage of people trying to capitalize on the increased awareness of migraine. False claims of a cure are all too common and tempting. It’s an ugly result of greater public recognition. The more we talk about migraine, the more questionable claims will pop up. Migraine isn’t the only disease that is a target.
We have a tendency to wear emotional and mental blinders, forgetting that the rest of the world is suffering so much more. It’s easy to get caught up in our own problems and lose sight of the big picture. We complain about the limited number of headache specialists and the high price of treatments, but it could be so much worse.
Migraineurs are often the target of unfair patient-blaming. Many of us get defensive when others suggest we might be to blame for our own suffering. Some have been so terribly hurt by patient-blaming that they resist any suggestion that they might be capable of improving their quality of life by making changes in their lifestyle.
Now that I know migraine is a neurological disorder, the weird symptoms make sense. There are biological reasons for all of it. This knowledge is a good thing. By recognizing the symptoms I no longer question my sanity or blame myself for non-existent character flaws that are really just symptoms of the disease. My self-esteem & confidence improved when I got educated about migraine.