By that I mean, knowing my symptoms, doing my homework before going to see my GP, have questions prepared, have answers prepared for the questions they will ask. You only have 10-15 minutes to “pitch” your ailments and you need to do it right. I realized you have to help them help you. Otherwise you end up going in circles and feeling frustrated. For that reason, I felt it a natural partnership to work with Med-IQ to help create awareness around migraine and chronic migraine.
Sponsored by Med-IQ and supported by an educational grant by Teva Pharmaceuticals
Let me back up — I personally do not suffer from migraines but I have friends who do and I know how it takes over your life, because I have ailments which are chronic and similarly grab hold of me and leave me out of commission for days at a time. With that being said, Med-IQ is an accredited medical education company that provides high-quality educational for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals. Their goal is to improve patient outcomes through education and, as I simply put it above, being prepared.
As for a migraine, it’s not just a headache — there are crucial differences between these as well as chronic migraine.
- Untreated migraines last 4 to 72 hours
- Migraines are accompanied by nausea and/or light/sound sensitivity
- One criteria for migraines to be classified as chronic is suffering headache symptoms of any kind 15 or more days of the month
Participating on a call with neurologists Robert G. Kaniecki, MD Chief, 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/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is when I realized that just like being a blogger, an online content creator, a modern day story teller via my social channels, we (as patients) have to learn to tell our stories, our “pitch”, prepare for our appointment and make the most of those crucial 15 minutes in the examination room.
TIME: Track how many days per month you have headache, for approximately how long do they last?
SYMPTOMS: Do you have nausea with the headaches? What about throbbing? Any other symptoms?
IMPACT: How does the headache impact your life? What level of disability do migraines cause? Does it prevent you from going to work or school? Are you unable to take care of your children? Does it inhibit your ability to move through your day? This is critical information to share.
Think about it, if we as patients can learn to go to our appointments fully prepared to tell our story, with details to outline those three points, we will receive a much quicker diagnosis and path to prevention and relief.
Circling back to my own issues, that is just what I am doing now. Keeping track of my symptoms, telling my story with a timeline, details and how it is affecting my life in order to lessen the madness of running around “trying to figure it out” and spending time and money and getting nowhere. Not to mention and still feeling like a wet mop.
As for migraine sufferers, it is inherited from family so be aware that you can pass this onto your kids. Sadly migraines can start up in children as young as 10 and progresses with age.
OKAY, now for the fun stuff! If you suffer from migraines, please take this survey which I promise takes less time than your doctor’s appointment and you will be entered to win up to 1K in prizes — no personal information will be kept, sold or distributed to medical, hunting or golfing magazines.
That’s a relief 🙂 Soooo, go, take the survey!