4 Ways to Honor Chronic Migraine Awareness Day
Chronic Migraine Awareness Day is an important observance dedicated to raising awareness about chronic migraine, a neurological condition. Chronic migraines are distinct from regular migraine. They occur for at least 15 days per month over a period of three months, with at least eight of those days involving migraine features. The symptoms can be incredibly disruptive, often causing intense throbbing or pulsating pain on one side of the head, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and in some cases, aura (visual disturbances) before the onset of the headache. Despite affecting 3% to 5% of the U.S. population, chronic migraine remains under-recognized, under-treated, and misunderstood. Knowing about the symptoms and risk factors can help you advocate for yourself and others who have or are at risk for this type of migraine. I am one of those people living with chronic migraine and I’m here to say, we need more awareness and help!
Chronic Migraine Awareness Day aims to achieve several objectives:
Education: It provides an opportunity to educate the general public, healthcare professionals, employers, and policymakers about chronic migraine. This includes spreading awareness about the symptoms, impact on daily life, treatment options, and available support resources. Check out CMA and all that they provide.
Support: The day serves as a reminder for individuals with chronic migraine that they are not alone. It highlights support groups, online communities, and resources that can help them manage their condition and connect with others who understand their experiences.
Advocacy: Chronic Migraine Awareness Day often involves advocacy efforts to improve access to healthcare, appropriate treatments, and accommodations for individuals with chronic migraine. This may include advocating for better insurance coverage, workplace accommodations, and public policies that recognize the challenges faced by those living with this condition.
Research: The awareness day can also emphasize the importance of ongoing research into chronic migraine. It encourages funding for scientific studies and clinical trials aimed at understanding the underlying causes, developing more effective treatments, and ultimately finding a cure.
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Sarah tells stories of My Migraine Life. Living life through Migraine consists of advocacy, treatment, prevention, and searching for health and happiness in a positive honest way. Her kids, husband, dog, family and friends motivate her to make a difference in the Migraine World.