The USF Department of Neurology Headache and Facial Pain division is responsible for diagnosing and treating individuals who suffer from migraine and other facial pain conditions. Most of the patients we see suffer with anywhere from 4 migraine days per month to not having a headache free day at all. Many of these patients have their lives disrupted by not being able to work, go to school, socialize, or be in any comfort during these times.
The stigma surrounding migraine has existed for years causing people to downplay the severity of the symptoms experienced by others and the impact to their everyday lives. Migraine disease is a disease. It is not just a headache, and it does not just go away. Headache disorders are extremely common and affect 52% of the population. A migraine is a headache that meets specific qualifications and affects 14% of the population. Migraine is 3x more common in females than males and often has genetic and hormonal components. Some of the most common symptoms experienced are unilateral throbbing head pain, nausea and vomiting, brain fog, and extreme sensitivity to light, sound, and smells. Some of the more severe symptoms that can be experienced are less well known and include mood changes, visual disturbances or vision loss, unilateral weakness or numbness, difficulty speaking, severe vertigo, and sensitivity to otherwise non painful stimuli. Migraines are all different and even occur without associated head pain and can be difficult to diagnose.
USF and Miles for Migraine strive to spread awareness of the impact this disease can have and draw attention to the important funding needed to develop migraine professionals and continue to provide answers to migraine suffers. On Saturday February 3rd we are hosting our 5th annual Miles for Migraine Walk, Run, and Relax event where we will be gathering to listen to physicians and patients share their experiences and raise funds for our fellowship program here at USF. All of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the USF Headache Center to fund educational opportunities for current and future migraine professionals. The event is free to participate in and any donation amount is appreciated. Please reach out if you have any questions, and we hope to see you at Simmons Park at USF campus on February 3rd!
|Sherry H Harlan