By Dr Lisa Thompson

June is Migraine Headache Awareness Month (#MHAM). It’s estimated that migraine affects over 14% of people worldwide, making it the 3rd most common disease behind dental cavities and tension headache. In the United States alone, more than 39 million women, men, and children experience migraine.

The World Health Organization named migraine as one of the 10 most disabling illnesses.

Even more people are affected by non-migraine headaches, of which there are more than 150 types. Almost all of us have experienced one type of headache or another, and many of us live with chronic migraine and other chronic diseases like tension and cluster headache. These conditions can be debilitating and may require total rest to recover, along with treatments such as medication, lifestyle changes, and avoidance of triggers like certain foods, alcohol, smells and bright lights.

Online Resources

There are resources on the web that offer support to those with migraine and headache diseases, as well as resources for caregivers. You can learn about the different types of headaches and the latest treatment options. There are organizations that work to raise public awareness and reduce the stigma of these conditions. Here are a few of the resources:

Migraine Headache Awareness Month 2021

migraineheadacheawarenessmonth.org

This is “a central hub of information about #MHAM and the activities planned for the month – geared towards those living with headache diseases, their caregivers and the general public”.

 

American Migraine Foundation

americanmigrainefoundation.org/

AMF supports research on treatment for migraine, as well as advocacy for those with migraine disease.

 

Council for Headache and Migraine Patients (CHAMP)

headachemigraine.org

Learn about different types of headaches, and the latest treatment options. For those with chronic disease, you can read about disability benefits and how to apply for them.

 

Computerized Headache Assessment Tool

clusterbusters.org/diagnostic-tool/

This is an algorithm-based online tool that helps you to recognize primary headache diseases, such as migraine, tension-type headache and cluster headache.

 

Migraine.com

A community-based forum with bloggers, threads and resources that connect you with peers and healthcare professionals.

 

Online Events:

June 14: Facebook Live event: Managing the Emotional Toll of Migraine, with Dan Kaufmann, PhD. 3:00 pm PT

June 21: Twitter Chat: Migraine Advocacy and You. 12:00 p.m. PT

June 24: Reddit’s Ask Me Anything About Migraine

If you are experiencing migraine or headache and would like to speak to a healthcare professional, please call our clinic to book an appointment at (360) 787-3615. We can find the right treatment for you with a Naturopathic Doctor, Acupuncturist, Chiropractor, Massage Therapist, and/or Mental Health Specialist.