I've been astounded at the number of Migraineurs who say their doctors have never mentioned two of them in particular:
- Migraine trigger identification and management.
- Medication overuse headache.
Seriously! It's not as if the knowledge of these issues is carried to us in our genes as Migraine disease is. Unless someone clues us in, we don't know about them. I'll offer myself as an example. I've had Migraines since I was six-years-old, but I didn't know about Migraine triggers until I started researching Migraines online when I was 45-years-old. That was also when and how I learned about medication overuse headache. By that time, I'd seen 13 or more doctors for my Migraines.
This problem can occur even when seeing Migraine specialists. It's not limited to non-specialists.
I'm not quite sure yet how to address this problem, but it's time we shake things up a bit and let doctors know this is unacceptable. I do know that I'm going to need some data on this so I can present it to people who are in a position to help with this problem. And that means that I need some help from you — the Migraine patients who are on the front lines and so strongly impacted by what our doctors do and don't discuss with us.
PLEASE take just a couple of minutes to complete this very brief survey — Has Your Doctor Discussed...?
It would also be very helpful and greatly appreciated if you'd share this post with those you know who have Migraines, and ask them to complete the survey too. Pretty please? Thanks!
because a migraine is NOT "just a headache"