As one of the more than 36 million Americans who suffer from migraines, Bellamy hopes to drive national awareness of the impact migraines can have, particularly in the summer when warmer weather and shifts in daily routines may trigger symptoms.
"I've been dealing with migraines for as long as I can remember," said Bellamy. "For the most part, I've been suffering in silence, trying to create my own lists of things to avoid doing or eating, little tricks I'd heard of, or DIY routines I thought up – anything I thought might ease my pain – but never having any success. And migraines impact every moment of your life – if you don't currently have one, you're always on high alert waiting for the next one to hit. I finally feel like I have a strategy for coping with them now and that makes me feel like I have a new lease on life. I'm hoping what I've gone through will save other folks some pain and let them know that there are other treatment options available now."
- Female migraine sufferers get frustrated (87%) when they feel like they have done everything right, yet still have migraines.
- While only 36% of physicians ask about how migraines have affected their careers, nearly all (96%) female migraine suffers find it difficult to work when they have migraines and almost half (48%) have missed at least one day of work in the past month due to migraines.
- Migraine suffering moms feel especially guilty (91%) when they miss out on quality time with their children because of their migraines.
- Female migraine sufferers spend an average of 4 hours per week planning for a potential migraine and few women (29%) are very satisfied with their prescription medication.
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