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Lisa Braver Moss


New Essay: Migraine and Depression

published on Yahoo News, March 7, 2020

I got my first migraine at 23. I had no idea it was a migraine, and the word didn’t register. My thinking was: Geez, my headaches are pretty bad. I’m sure glad I don’t have migraine! Eventually I learned I did indeed have this condition, and while it was helpful to know why my headaches were so awful, I soon found out that diagnosis did not mean relief.

At first, whenever the throbbing on the left side of my head came on (usually coordinated with my monthly menstrual cycle), I just needed to eat a stick-to-the-ribs snack, take two aspirins, have a good strong cup of coffee and lie down for a little while in a dark room. How quaint. As time went on, the headaches began to last for hours and even days, and sometimes included nausea and vomiting...

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