Friday, June 22, 2012

Dear Editor:

Migraine Awareness Month #15: Free Blog!

Today’s blogging challenge prompt: Blog an a Migraine related topic of your choice.

Since we can write about anything we want today, and since the point of National Migraine Awareness Month is to bring visibility to migraine, I thought I would write a Letter to the Editor to be sent to my local and state newspaper.

Dear Editor:

June is Migraine Awareness Month. Migraine Awareness Month is not as sexy as some of the other Awareness Months, but I can assure you, Migraines are just as real and deserve just as much attention. Unlike many other diseases, Migraine disease is an invisible illness. Those with migraines don’t use crutches, or have a band aid on our heads when we are suffering—but we suffer just as severely as someone with any other painful disease. Migraine affects 38 million Americans annually and costs the US more than $31 billion in direct and indirect economic costs. According to the World Health Organization, a severe migraine attack is as disabling as quadriplegia. Many women with children who have migraines say they would rather go through childbirth again than have another migraine. Many people think that a Migraine is “just a headache”, but pain is just part of the Migraine attack. Migraines are often accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light, sounds, and smells, tingling and numbness in the extremities, and gastrointestinal problems, among other things. There are types of Migraine that cause paralysis and fainting. Migraines are so much more than just a headache.

As you can see, Migraines have a severe impact on sufferers and on society, and none of this even addresses the excruciating pain caused to migraine sufferers. Depression, anxiety, and sometimes even suicide are the result of extended suffering from Migraine Disease. Please be aware of this awful disease, comfort those around you who suffer, dispel the myth that it’s “just a headache,” and influence anyone you can to give Migraine Disease more attention and to dedicate more funds for research for treatments and a cure.



National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation. The Blogger's Challenge is initiated by

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