Monday, September 1, 2014


Today, September 1, 2014 is the start of Pain Awareness Month.  Most people are unaware that chronic pain is a diagnosis of it's own.  Doctors blame the pain on depression; however, in most cases it is pain that causes depression.

The most common type of chronic pain is the migraine.


Migraine is a headache with pain that can last from 4 hours to 3 days.2
  • Pain is usually moderately to severely intense, pulsating, and often occurring on 1 side of the head
  • Telltale signs of migraine may be nausea and/or vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound
  • Changes in vision or hearing, called aura, may come just before or just as the migraine begins2
Migraine can be defined by how often headaches happen.
  • One type of migraine occurs with fewer than 15 headache days per month, some of them being migraine. This is called episodic migraine
  • The second type is when headaches occur 15 or more days per month with headache lasting 4 hours or longer for at least 3 months, some being migraine. This is calledChronic Migraine2-4

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