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What You Don’t Know About Migraines

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*Disclaimer: This article and its survey findings were made possible by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine. Respondents of the survey were diagnosed migraine sufferers. See your doctor for diagnosis of migraines and migraine treatment options.

Can you believe that out of 1,000 migraine sufferers surveyed 81 percent of millennial migraine sufferers would like to have more open conversations about migraines, according to the Millennial Migraine Report commissioned by the makers of Excedrin® Migraine? Additionally, 88 percent of millennial migraine sufferers surveyed feel that only other sufferers truly understand what they go through. Lucky for you I suffer from migraines and I like to talk. So let’s talk. 

Migraines have a big impact on millennials and their daily lives. As a migraine sufferer, I can attest that not only are migraines painful, they also take away time that I could be spending doing things that are important to me. Millennial migraine sufferers surveyed say family, relationships and friendships are impacted by their migraines: 40 percent say it impacts their family life, 27 percent say it impacts their relationship with their partner, and 21 percent say it impacts their friendships. The good thing is 85 percent of millennial migraine sufferers surveyed are looking for better ways to treat their migraines.

Being a full-time college student and girl in her 20’s, I don’t have time to let migraines slow me down – but when migraines occur they cannot be ignored, which makes management extremely important. Migraine suffers can try to manage migraines by practicing healthy habits like getting enough sleep, de-stressing, and eating right – but as a full time student working two jobs, slaving over GPA and even trying to figure out what to wear every day, I know that living a less stressful lifestyle can be tough. In fact, only half of millennial migraine sufferers surveyed say they are trying to reduce their stress to better manage their migraines.

As a sufferer I know how important it is to act quickly to relieve my migraine, so as soon as I feel that first pound, I stop what I am doing.  I try to close my laptop and press pause on my homework for a second. Turning the lights off, lying down, playing some classical music, and taking an over the counter medication tends to help me. Sometimes I even take a short nap- but I always make sure to set an alarm, because sister, that homework is not going to do itself. Of course, every migraine sufferer is affected differently so please consult your doctor for advice on a diagnosis and how to best manage the condition.

Are you looking for ways to manage your migraines and track your migraine triggers? The answer might just be on your smartphone! While smartphone usage is at an all-time high, most migraine sufferers surveyed are not using mobile apps to manage their condition, and only 10 percent of millennial migraine sufferers surveyed use an app to manage their condition. Lucky for us the makers of Excedrin® Migraine want to change that. Download the My Migraine Triggers™ app from the makers of Excedrin® Migraine. It’s easy to use and helps you track triggers that may be causing your migraines—plus, you can print a log or share it with your doctor right from your iPhone. It’s free and available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. 

To find out more about the Millennial Migraine Report or for more information on how to manage migraines go to Excedrin.com/stories.

Native East Coaster but born and raised all over this beautiful world. A lover of photography, traveling, a good story, and of course social media. You can always find me studying Journalism and Global and International Studies while day dreaming up a new adventure.