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Migraine Sufferer Says, “No One Took My Migraine Symptoms Seriously”

A new survey, called Migraine in America 2016, is drawing attention to the plight that so many migraine sufferers endure: Despite a variety of migraine and headache treatment options, many people just aren’t happy with their outcomes.

Common Migraine Symptoms and Triggers

We know that migraines are a part of a larger condition that is NOT just a regular headache. Migraine sufferers often experience nausea, vomiting, numbness, sensitivity to light and sound, and/or other symptoms. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 7% of men and 18% of women in the United States suffer from the potentially debilitating condition.

In this particular survey of 3900 migraine sufferers, 97% were able to identify their triggers, and 91% said they try regularly to avoid them. But, unfortunately, weather, certain scents, and bright lights are triggers that are difficult to avoid.

This survey was presented on Migraine.com, a platform where people with migraines can exchange ideas and learn from each other. It also provides a community to offer social support.

Some patient advocates shared their experiences with migraines, including Kerrie Smyres, on Migraine.com:

“No one took my symptoms seriously until I was in my 20s. I have had chronic migraines since I was age 11, but was not diagnosed until I was 25. When I was kid, most people thought I was making excuses to skip school.”

Stigma Surrounds Migraine Sufferers

Another theme found in the survey results – many patients are faced with stigma, which hurts their condition further. Since pain is subjective and nearly invisible, someone who doesn’t suffer from the same discomfort may think that a patient is exaggerating or may not understand the severity.

Patients are also often dissatisfied with their treatment. Too often, patients see the wrong type of doctor or become afraid to try a new strategy due to a previous bad experience.  But without implementing a change, patients can’t expect improvement if they aren’t happy with where they are.

In addition, 25% of the people in this survey said that they had to reduce work hours, take medical leave, or stop working because of migraine.

Get a Proper Migraine and Headache Diagnosis

No matter what is causing your headaches, migraines, and/or jaw pain — you deserve immediate attention. If you are living in Southern California and are tired of living with chronic pain from headaches, migraines, or a TMJ disorder, contact Pasadena Pain Management for a FREE consultation.

A FREE CONSULTATION may be all you need to get you living life comfortably again.