Tagged: migraine

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Miss Migraine: Believe black women’s pain

The Adventures of Miss Migraine is an ongoing column about my life with chronic migraine. A few weeks ago, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported a story about a black woman incarcerated in Pennsylvania who died after years of painful migraines. Kynesha Grant had been taking Topomax, which didn’t work. She requested a CT scan, but her...

Miss Migraine: More Active Migraines

The Adventures of Miss Migraine is an ongoing column about my life with chronic migraine. A version of this post originally appeared on my blog of the same name on January 10, 2013, when I was still an MFA student. Things have been incredibly up in the air for me concerning quite a few things,...

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“You skinny people can eat anything”

Throughout my life, people have always felt the need to comment on my body and my food choices. From random old men in diners (“You sure can eat!” or “I like a girl with an appetite”) to coworkers (“OMG, are you pregnant?????” or “Wow, salad again, are you on a diet?”), the world seems to...

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Miss Migraine: No more Zonegran

The Adventures of Miss Migraine is an ongoing column about my life with chronic migraine. A version of this post originally appeared on my blog of the same name on September 21, 2012. Before Aimovig, before Prozac, before even Neurontin…. I took Zonegran, a powerful anti-seizure drug. It helped, a little, but also caused me...

Miss Migraine: Aimovig is working!

The Adventures of Miss Migraine is an ongoing column about my life with chronic migraine. I started taking Aimovig, the first drug to ever be FDA approved for treating migraine (and not something else), back in November. I’ve taken three doses, and am due for my fourth in two weeks. The first month I noticed...