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Life Lessons and Cures for Migraines

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Many people get headaches from time to time, whether it’s a tension headache, cluster headache, or the most disabling of all, the migraine.  Migraines start as a dull ache that progresses to a throbbing pain that can be felt in the temples, and one or both sides of the front or back of the head. You may experience nausea, vomiting,

A few fast facts about Chronic Migraine:

  •          3.2 million Americans affected[ii][iii]
  •          People living with Chronic Migraine experience 15 or more headache days per month with headaches lasting four hours or more, and at least 8 of these days are associated with migraine[iv]

Beyond the statistics, Chronic Migraine can affect everyday life. It can be a struggle to do simple things like hang out with friends or go on vacation. Invisible symptoms can lead to cancelled plans, which can be difficult for friends and family to understand. Finding a treatment plan for disruptive headache days starts with a conversation with your doctor—but it may be hard to know where to start, or what information to share.

Neurologist Dr. Jessica Ailani, Director of the MedStar Georgetown Headache Center, to learn about the difference between headaches and migraines, discuss tips for talking to your doctor, and learn about treatment options that can help people spend less time incapacitated