Women more af­fected by mi­graines than men: Doc­tor

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Erin John­son says she would do pretty much any­thing to cure her mi­graines.

The Cal­gary woman started get­ting de­bil­i­tat­ing headaches in her mid-30’s and ex­pe­ri­ences them fre­quently, some­times mul­ti­ple times a month.

“It’s just hor­rific,” John­son said. “You’re not liv­ing, you’re just try­ing to do any­thing to get rid of your headache. It gets pretty dark.”

Some­times, they last for five days.

“To the point I’m vom­it­ing or just lay­ing in bed in the dark with an ice pack on my head,” John­son said. “You’re not able to work, you’re not able to take care of your kids, your house — any­thing.”

De­spite hav­ing a good sup­port sys­tem, John­son said peo­ple still tell her to “get over it” some­times.

“It’s re­ally frus­trat­ing, be­cause you can’t see a mi­graine,” she said.

Mi­graines are the third most­com­mon med­i­cal con­di­tion in the world, ac­cord­ing to neu­rol­o­gist Dr. El­iz­a­beth Ler­oux, who is rais­ing aware­ness for Mi­graine Aware­ness Month this June.

“It’s a real con­di­tion which is ac­tu­ally caused by chem­i­cal and elec­tri­cal prob­lems in the brain,” Ler­oux told Metro. “De­pend­ing on how many at­tacks you have, you can have dif­fer­ent lev­els of dis­abil­ity.”

They also tend to af­fect women more than men once pu­berty hits, mostly be­cause of hor­mones, ac­cord­ing to Ler­oux.

She sug­gested start­ing a di­ary if you are be­ing plagued by mi­graines and talk­ing to your doc­tor about treat­ment op­tions.

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