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What do you know about MIGRAINE HEADACHES?

I’m one of the 21 million + people who suffer from Migraine Headaches.

Migraines are not “just a headache.  I have Chronic Migraines (sometimes lasting up to 14 days). Migraines cause horrific pain, and at times, disturbed vision, sensitivity to light, smells, noise and some people become nauseous or vomit. Migraine pain is pulsing or throbbing in one area of the head and usually long-lasting.

Mine began in my late teens and have stuck with me until this very day.  They are bilateral (each side of head) and typically weather-related,  with horrific pain lasting weeks, coupled with countless trips to the ER for relief. Migraines have caused me to miss too many sick days off from work, countless days spent in a darkened room with an ice pack strapped to my head and numerous times when I’ve missed out on the joy of life.

Try this quiz to see if you know about migraine headaches.

Resources for info on migraine can be found at:

The Migraine Trust

  • A migraine is not “just a headache”, and a migraine sufferer can compare their pain something like this: A normal headache feels like a “mosquito bite” vs. a full-blown migraine feeling like a ____________.

    • snake bite
    • bite from a lion
    • bite from a shark
    • bite from black bear
  • It’s reported that Americans can have these many migraine attacks every day.

    • 190,000
    • 175,000
    • 125,000
    • 200,000
  • A migraine usually lasts?

    • 1 hour
    • 2 hours
    • 1 day
    • 4 – 72 hours or longer
  • Chronic migraines are headaches or migraines that occur at least _____ days of the month. 8 of which must be migraine.

    • 13 days
    • 14 days
    • 12 days
    • 15 days
  • Migraines are caused by?

    • Stress/anxiety
    • Depression/sleeping too long
    • Food
    • It’s a neurological disease not a disorder, however, there are triggers
  • It’s reported that this many millions of days are lost every year due to migraines.

    • 10 million
    • 15 million
    • 25 million
    • 5 million
  • What are some types of migraines?

    • Cluster
    • Migraine w/aura
    • Chronic
    • All of the above
  • Sometimes during a migraine, you feel embarrassed while having this.

    • brain fog
    • brain laughter
    • brain cry
    • brain moaning
  • Has Botox ever been used as an pain aid for chronic migraines?

    • No, Botox is only used for face lifts
    • No, Botox is a type of bandage
    • Yes, in some cases it has been successful
    • Botox is a food and wouldn’t work

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  1. 6 out of 9. I’m really sorry for you. I suffer from aura migraines once or twice a year, just for a few hours. Although there is a little discomfort and nausea, the visual effects are quite beautiful and I can actually enjoy the experience (so long as I don’t have to do something!) 🙂

  2. I sometimes get migranes. I can give you a pallative. It is kind of strange though.
    1. half a bottle of Coca Cola or other caffine laden soda.
    2. tylonol or non-asprin painkiller
    3 a splash of vineager in the Coca Cola.

    The visuals fade away and you can think again. Do all this within the first 10 minutes. Good LUCK!

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