Having personal experience with a condition can lend providers a unique perspective on how to treat that condition in others, making them particularly qualified to help.
In the second half of this series, another faculty member who works closely with headache and migraine patients volunteered to tell their story.
Both Sides of the Story (Part 2): Two Neurologists Specializing in Migraine Who Have Lived with the Disease for Decades
Editor’s Note: The interviewee has kindly requested to remain anonymous. While migraine awareness, management, and research have come a long way, this condition continues to be stigmatized. In this article, we hope to provide a safe space for the interviewee to candidly share their personal journey and encourage empathy and understanding among our readers.
Advice from one headache experiencer to another?
Just like when you receive any new diagnosis, try to educate yourself and those around you. However, while you research, try not to obsess. You don’t need to track every possible trigger, day in and day out. You don’t need to attempt extreme diets. After all, migraine is the root cause of migraine, not anything else. That’s why we call it a primary headache disorder. Don’t forget you are more than your disease, and so is your life!
Finally, as a neurologist, try to give your treatments time. Researchers are still learning what migraine is, how they originate, and so much more. While you may have tried multiple treatments, you may not have tried them for long enough, and you probably haven’t tried everything. While instant relief would be nice, this disease—as you know—is much more than a bad headache.