National Migraine Awareness Month – Faces of Migraines – Migraines Are Hereditary
Meet Karla. Karla is one of my closest friends and also one of the 36 million Americans (3 in 4 of which are women) who suffers from migraines. Since June is National Migraine Awareness Month, I wanted to share a couple of stories about real people with real migraine issues.
Karla started having migraines as a child when she was about 9 years old. With a longstanding family history of migraines (migraines are often hereditary), her mother was pretty convinced that’s what was going on. They soon had this confirmed by their doctor. Her severe headaches were always accompanied with vomiting which was one of the key symptoms the doctor was looking for. They spent a lot of time trying to figure out what the triggers were to help get a handle on her migraines. Since there was no prescription medication for pediatric migraines when she was a child, her family used OTC pain medications and ice packs, but unfortunately those didn’t help very much. The good news is, her migraines weren’t very frequent until she hit the teen years.
She was able to identify some triggers when she was younger (blood sugar, dehydration, stress, bright lights) and as she got older realized hormones were also starting to contribute to her migraines. As an adult she now has a better understanding of her migraines and can often identify them in their early stages. If she can catch them early, she can treat them with OTC medicines like Excedrin Migraine. She also has prescription migraine medication and sees her doctor regularly.
Migraines affect so many people. If you’re lucky enough to be one of those who doesn’t have any experience with these headaches, hopefully these posts on MomStart are helping you understand a little more what they’re like. If you’re someone who has a personal connection to migraines, hopefully these posts help you realized you’re not alone.
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Disclosure – I am an Excedrin® Migraine brand ambassador. My journey for a migraine-free experience is my own.