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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Migraine Bracelets

 
Through the migraine forum at about.com, I've been following the story of Janice, a migraineur whose suffering and ill-treatment by medical staff finally led her to commit suicide.

Now there's been a grassroots initiative to create bracelets to help raise both funds and awareness about migraine. If you'd like to see or order the FIGHTING MIGRAINE DISEASE bracelets, check here.

As a person who's suffered from migraines for years, I can understand a little of Janice's despair. I was never treated this rudely in any of my ER visits, though, that is just criminal. By the time you go to the ER with a migraine you are extremely vulnerable, scared, and in so much pain you're not sure which way is up. When trying to figure out the 1-10 pain scale on one such trip, I finally just said, "I'd rather be giving birth alone in a ditch than feel like this!"

Hopefully some good can come from Janice's tragic story.

Comments:
God, thats horrible.
I've been having migraines for years, and I sure understand.
I usually just lock myself in a dark, quiet closet and wish a bus would somehow drive through it!
 
Actually, the new Dr Who's haven't been shown yet in the U.S. ;-)
 
Wow, that's awful! I've been getting migraines since college, but I've only had to go to the ER once. They weren't particularly friendly, but they didn't make me want to kill myself either. I'll check out the bracelet site.
 
Wow, that's awful! I've been getting migraines since college, but I've only had to go to the ER once. They weren't particularly friendly, but they didn't make me want to kill myself either. I'll check out the bracelet site.
 
Thanks for making us aware of this. I suffer as well but have been fortunate not to have had that experience. The system is flawed and I have no respect for the hospital system. I have seen others suffer at the hands of non-compassionate medical practitioners. This is a shame and the hospital should be held accountable.
 
Ugh...I was in bed all day yesterday with a migraine...in fact my DH came home from work early this morning and found me passed out across the foot of the bed in my day clothes, both tv's on, the receiver on and the gamecube on. LOL...I told him that the meds must have finally kicked in and I just CRASHED!

Now I'm all weak and have a dull throbbing headache, so I am going to bed early tonight too!

Anyway, I have never gone to the ER, I always used to just go to my Dr. who would give me a shot to deal with the pain to save me the ER fees. Here I suppose I'll have to go to the ER.
 
You poor thing, Sheri!

I only had to go to the ER after the shots of Demerol and Vistaril from the doctor's office didn't work. But, there was a lot of other stuff going on at the time, including rebounding from some pain medication, that I'm not dealing with now. Things are a lot better for me these days, and the migraines are much farther apart.

A lot of people have to go to the ER several times a month for their migraines, and this sort of treatment isn't unusual.
 
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This was an interesting link, hopefully it offers some help.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/health/
062205_hs_heart_migraines.html

(sorry not good at html stuff, you will have to copy and paste this in the URL)
 
Thanks for all of the comments, everyone. And thanks for the link, Shiny :-)
 
Thanks so much for blogging about this and supporting our project. It's truly appreciated.

hugs and blessings!
 
Any time, Teri! Thanks for stopping by :-)
 
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