Migraine Can and Does Kill Through Stroke and Suicide

MHAM16SMC350Today is day #5 of the 2016 Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Social Media Challenge. Today's prompt is:

#Migraine can and does kill through stroke and suicide. #MHAM

It's one of the things about Migraine that nobody wants to talk about. Migraine can kill. No, you'll probably never see it listed as a cause of death, but Migraine can and does kill. This is one reason I truly detest seeing someone say, "This Migraine is killing me." Whenever I see someone Tweet that or say it elsewhere online, I think to myself, "If it were, you wouldn't be at your computer or on your phone or tablet."

                         

One way Migraine can kill is by causing a stroke that proves fatal. Thankfully, this isn't very common, but it does happen. This accentuates how vitally important it is for us to contact our doctors or seek emergency care if we experience new Migraine symptoms that are frightening or especially severe. So many of the symptoms we can experience during a Migraine attack can also be stroke symptoms. My Migraine specialist, Dr. David Watson, was asked how we can tell if some of these symptoms are stroke or Migraine. His reply was that there are times when we truly can't tell by ourselves, and if there's ever a question, we should seek immediate care. Better a false alarm than a stroke that doesn't get timely treatment.

 

Sorrowfully, the pain, other debilitating symptoms, isolation, fear, and social stigma that go with Migraine disease has led far too many people to lose all hope and take their own lives. It's heart-wrenching when this happens to ANYONE, and it's especially so when it happens to younger people with so much of their lives ahead of them. I've known this to happen with Migraineurs as young as 14-years-old, and it's beyond tragic.

 

Some people contend that it's not Migraine, but stroke and suicide that takes these lives. Although they may have a technical point, it's time they wake up and get a clue. That's almost like saying that drunk divers don't kill - it's the injuries from the car wrecks that kill. Anyone with an ounce of compassion doesn't argue the point. They accept that both drunk drivers and Migraine kill.

 

As we strive to raise awareness and improve the lives of everyone with Migraine and other Headache disorders, one of the most valuable tools we have is knowledge. To us it properly, we have to admit even the painful facts to ourselves and share them with others. We have to bring facts out into the light rather than leaving them in the shadows to fester and cause harm.

 

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PurpleRibbonTiny Teri1

 

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Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Activities, Images, and More

NMAHM2016JoinUsDo you have Migraine, Cluster Headache, or another Headache disorder - or care about someone who does? Almost everyone knows someone with a Headache disorder. Whether one or more of these disorders impacts you directly or through people you know, I hope you'll join us this month - Migraine and Headache Awareness Month (MHAM) - in our efforts to raise awareness and improve lives.

One of the most important aspects of MHAM is getting accurate and compelling facts out in view of the general public to dispel myths and misconceptions and to reduce the social stigma associated with Cluster Headache, Migraine, Post-Traumatic Headache, and all other Headache disorders.

Many people are generating creative ways to observe MHAM, and there are some organized efforts that everyone can join.

In previous years, there's been a MHAM Blogging Challenge. It's been great. This year, to involve more people, the Blogging Challenge morphed into the Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Social Media Challenge. I provided a "prompt," which is a fact to be used for each day of the month, and a logo to go with them.

Here's how it works:

  • MHAM16SMC150To participate in the Social Media Challenge, you need to use the fact in your blog and /or on one or more other social media platform - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., using the hashtag #MHAM.
  • You don't have to manage to participate every day to accept the challenge. We know that some of us simply won't feel up to it every day, so participate as much as you can.
  • If you use an image, please use the Social Media Challenge logo (without changing it), which you can see here. I'll add it in a few different sizes at the end of this post so you can get it.

You can find all the prompts and more info in my post Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Social Media Challenge.

People are also having great fun changing their Facebook profile and cover images to Awareness Month images. I've created one of each that I'll add below. You're welcome to use them. If you do, please do not make any changes to them.

The month is off to a strong start with bloggers writing about it and people Tweeting and posting on Facebook about it. I hope you'll join us to reach more people and make it even stronger. There are images below for Facebook and for general use. If you have any problems with getting the images, or if you have any questions, please contact me through the email link at the top of the right column of this page.

Live well,

PurpleRibbonTiny Teri1

 

 because a migraine is NOT "just a headache"

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All images ©Teri Robert, 2016. You're welcome to use them in conjunction with Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, but they must be used without any changes or additions.

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Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Social Media Challenge

MHAM16SMC250June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, the month of the year when we put extra effort into raising awareness about Headache disorders including Migraine, Cluster Headaches, New Daily Persistent Headache, Post-Traumatic Headache, and literally hundreds of other Headache disorders.

For the last few years, we've had an Awareness Month Blogging Challenge during which we set topics or "prompts" for each day of Awareness Month, and participating bloggers each wrote their take on that topic. This year, to expand the Blogging Challenge to include more people, it has become the Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Social Media Challenge. For bloggers used to the Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blogging Challenge, hopefully, you'll use these prompts as you have in previous years. This isn't meant to take away the blogging challenge. It's evolved to involve even more people.

Here's how it works:

  • Below, I'm going to post either a fact about a Headache disorder for each day of June.
  • To participate in the Social Media Challenge, you need to use the fact in your blog and /or on one or more other social media platform - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., using the hashtag #MHAM.
  • You don't have to manage to participate every day to accept the challenge. We know that some of us simply won't feel up to it every day, so participate as much as you can.
  • Wherever you can, please use the Social Media Challenge logo (without changing it), which you can see here. I'll add it in a few different sizes at the end of this post so you can get it.

I'm going to post all of the daily prompts now so you'll have them in advance. Here they are, complete with hashtags:

  1. 75% of the world's adults had a #Headache or #Migraine in the last year. #MHAM
  2. The majority of people w/ #Headache and #Migraine are not diagnosed. #MHAM
  3. Accurate diagnosis of #clusterheadaches can take years. #MHAM
  4. @WHO says #Migraine is the 8th most disabling disease in the world. #MHAM
  5. #Migraine can and does kill through stroke and suicide. #MHAM
  6. Patients with #NDPH usually know the exact date their daily #headache started. #MHAM
  7. Social Stigma increases the burden of living with #Migraine. #MHAM
  8. #Migraine is a neurological disease caused by genetics and a hypersensitive brain. #MHAM
  9. #Headache Disorders cost the U.S. economy more than $31 billion each year. #MHAM
  10. #Migraine significantly increases risks for other serious diseases incl heart disease. #MHAM
  11. Pain of #clusterheadaches usually starts over one eye. #MHAM
  12. #Headache disorders are the most prevalent neurological disorders #MHAM
  13. #Migraine affects all ages from pre-verbal children to the elderly. #MHAM
  14. There is no cure for #clusterheadaches or #Migraine. #MHAM
  15. @WHO says severe #Migraine attack as debilitating as quadriplegia. #MHAM
  16. Most people see up to 5 doctors before an accurate #Migraine diagnosis. #MHAM
  17. Suicide attempts are 3 times more likely in people with #Migraine with aura. #MHAM
  18. Depression and suicide are common in patients with #clusterheadaches. #MHAM
  19. #Headache and #Migraine patients educated about their disorder have better outcomes. #MHAM
  20. #Migraine is no longer considered vascular; it's neurological. #MHAM
  21. There are NO treatments originally developed for #clusterheadaches. #MHAM
  22. Neurologists aren't always #Headache and #Migraine specialists and vice versa. #MHAM
  23. @WHO reports #Migraine responsible for at least 1% of total US medical disability. #MHAM
  24. Most med students get only 4 hours education on ALL #Headache disorders. #MHAM
  25. #Headache disorders are responsible for nine percent of all US lost labor productivity. #MHAM
  26. A #Migraine attack isn't a #headache. It can occur with NO headache at all. #MHAM
  27. #Clusterheadaches have earned the nickname suicide headaches. #MHAM
  28. There are no diagnostic tests to confirm #Migraine or most other #Headache disorders. #MHAM
  29. People with #ChonicMigraine have a #Migraine more often than not. #MHAM
  30. #Migraine causes Americans to miss 113 million work days per year. #MHAM

Here are some hashtags you may want to use. These have all been defined at www.tagdef.com.

  • #MHAM Migraine and Headache Awareness Month
  • #clusterheadaches Cluster Headaches
  • #migraine Migraine
  • #headache Headache
  • #chronicmigraine Chronic Migraine
  • #hemiplegicmigraine Hemiplegic Migraine

Thanks go to Tammy Rome for her help in putting together a prompt for each day. Thanks, Tammy!

If you have any questions, please email me by using the email link at the top of the right column of this page.

Live well,

PurpleRibbonTiny Teri1

 

 because a migraine is NOT "just a headache"

Visit MigraineDisease.com

 

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