Interesting, well written article, which provokes some questions………. I agree with the vast majority of it…….. but do think that migraine patient advocates are needed and the fast majority do not pass on the ‘migraine disease’ – as stated at the beginning of the article a migrainer cannot be ‘cured’ by a doctor – therefore is left to their own devices for the most part to find a migraine management plan which helps them and if it was not for the experience of others whom have walked this path for many years; then many would be lost in the wood for trees… sadly there is no cure – yet – be it a disorder, ailment, illness, sickness, malady…. or disease………….. its MIGRAINE and it is real and it hurts….
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What is it, that makes migraine a disease?
The educated solution to such a question is to get advice from a reputable Englishdictionary. The usual suspects—Collins, Merriam-Webster, Oxford dictionary—explain that disease is “any departure from health“—just like ailment, illness, sickness or malady. So, why then do these aforementioned migraine advocates not say that “migraine is a malady”? The alliteration makes it sound so much nicer, doesn’t it?
We know that migraine patients—on average, in general, as a group, blablabla—struggle with
- the shame of not being believed
- the hurt of not being recognized as truly suffering
- the fear of being seen as a malingerer
- the guilt of seemingly exaggerating a mere headache.
All these feelings are perfectly understandable in a world that is madly accelerating, increasingly superficial, often impersonal and annoying; a world, in which critical remarks, cool attitudes and dismissive responses are fashionable; a disappointing world for those who are longing for understanding, kindness and compassion, isn’t it?
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