Parenthood can be an actual pain sometimes. There are days, I swear, the incessant sound of “mom, mom, mom, mom, MOM” gives me a headache. Pretty sure I’m not alone, right?
But, do you know if your headaches are just headaches or if they are migraines? I’m working with Med-IQ to help my readers distinguish between the two and those who suffer from migraines to get help. Because not only should you be able to get relief from migraines, but you should realize if you have relatives who have had migraines, as well, your children may have a higher chance of getting them.
Also, you definitely want to stick around because at the bottom of this post I’m going to show you how you can take a short survey and be entered to win a Visa gift card!
I sat in on a very insightful call with Robert G. Kaniecki, MD – Chief of the Headache Division & Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Stewart J. Tepper, MD- Professor of Neurology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Here’s what I learned about what differentiates a migraine from a headache:
- Untreated migraines last 4 to 72 hours
- Migraines are accompanied by nausea and/or light/sound sensitivity
- One criterion for migraines to be classified as chronic is suffering headache symptoms of any kind 15 or more days of the month
So if you’re experiencing what seems like migraine symptoms, you should definitely make an appointment with your doctor. And then, it’s very important that you think of how to best tell your story to your doctor. You only get about 15 minutes with them, and it’s super important you convey what’s going on in a way that will help them help you.
I’m not saying you need to draft a monologue before your appointment. You just need to think about and be prepared to talk about TIME, SYMPTOMS, IMPACT.
As illustrated in the graphic above, make note of how frequently you experience symptoms, either a mental note or by actually marking on a calendar that you can share with them. Be prepared to describe the symptoms that come along with your headache. Finally, and most importantly, talk to them about how all of this is impacting your life, like if it’s affecting your ability to take care of your kids or work.
If you’re experiencing this, I’m so sorry. I hope you and your doctor can find a solution ASAP. Parenting can be an actual pain, but you shouldn’t have to deal with migraines on top of that.
Now, about that survey. Here’s a link to take you to a 10-minute survey. Once you’re finished, you’ll be entered to win a Visa gift card! We’d really appreciate your participation.
This post was sponsored by Med-IQ and supported by an educational grant by Teva Pharmaceuticals.