June is Migraine Awareness Month: Here’s what I’ve learned.

By Melissa Gerstein

I started getting migraines after the birth of my third.  I got the kind of headaches where I had to stop everything and go to a dark room. I lost whole days and missed important family moments and even some holiday activities because of them.  But since I first shared my migraine journey when I partnered with Tosymra® (sumatriptan nasal spray) 10 mg, I have learned so much.  And one important thing is that I am not alone. Migraine impacts nearly 40 million people in the US!

Now, we did a survey asking about your migraine journeys, and we’re going to be sharing the results soon. Check back, they are REALLY interesting.  But I have also gotten a lot of questions since I first started sharing my story, so because June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, I thought I’d answer a few here.  Just a reminder, I am not a healthcare provider, I am just sharing my experience.  

Q: How do you “Mom” with a migraine?  

At first I didn’t.  I really just had to shut myself away until the episode passed.  And I don’t have to tell you with three kids who all need something at all times, shutting yourself away isn’t a long term solution! 

I wanted relief, but I didn’t know it was possible.  When I finally talked to my healthcare provider, I learned that there are a lot of migraine treatments available and that I didn’t have to suffer through migraine.  I could, and should, treat it.  

I’ve built myself a migraine treatment toolkit and I am ready.  

Q: What have been some of your symptoms?  Any nausea/vomiting? 

I learned that no two migraines are the same.  Sometimes I have a headache that feels like a tiny man with a pick is trying to dig his way out of my head.  Other times it is centered in my eyes.  And, yes, sometimes I experience nausea and vomiting. 

Q:  What have you tried? What works?  

I’ve used OTC medications in the past, but one thing that meets my needs as a busy mom is Tosymra®.  It is a convenient nasal spray for acute migraine treatment in adults that may be able to help, especially if you need a non-oral treatment option — like for those migraines with nausea.  I have experienced migraine pain relief in as little as 10 minutes! So helpful for those days where I have a lot to get done!

Again, this is what has worked for me, and all of us have different migraine experiences so talk to your healthcare provider to see if Tosymra would be right for you.  

Q: I think I have migraine, what should I do?  

Take care of yourself and go talk to your healthcare provider.  I wish I had done that much earlier.  I suffered for years and when I finally talked to my GP I learned that a person with migraine in 2021 has many treatment options, and it is important to build a treatment toolkit that meets your needs.  I can’t say it enough, no two migraines are the same.  If you are looking for more information about acute migraine treatment, there is a helpful discussion guide on Tosymra.com you can bring to your healthcare provider to start the conversation. 

Tosymra® (sumatriptan nasal spray) 10 mg is a prescription medicine used to treat migraine attacks in adults. It’s not for migraine prevention. Tosymra is not for everyone. Do not use Tosymra if you have heart problems, narrowing of blood vessels or uncontrolled high blood pressure. These are not all the reasons not to take Tosymra. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out if Tosymra is right for you.

The most common side effects of Tosymra include: tingling, dizziness, feeling warm or hot, and application site reactions in the nose. These are not all the possible side effects of Tosymra. Talk to your healthcare provider to learn more.

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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Tosymra but the experiences shared are my own.

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