Khloé Kardashian on the Major Misconception About Migraines She Wishes People Understood

Khloé Kardashian wants more people to understand the intense pain of a migraine—and that the neurological condition is much more than a “bad headache.”

“I wish people understood how debilitating migraines can be. I get so frustrated when people tell me to push through and it’s just a bad headache. if only they knew!! That feeling is torturous and indescribable. I can’t believe I left home without my migraine medication,” Kardashian wrote on Twitter.

“I am totally fine now. There’s no way I could be on my phone if I was still experiencing my migraine,” she continued. “I was simply venting because I had to push back a meeting due to my migraine. when I apologized and explained why I couldn’t make it earlier, everyone sort of rolled their eyes.”

A bad headache is, yes, one large part of a migraine, but it’s certainly not the only symptom. During a migraine attack, someone might experience debilitating levels of pain as well as nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and blurred vision. Some people also experience changes in mood and vision disturbances before the headache comes on. All of those symptoms can make working, particularly looking at screens, difficult and painful. 

And ultimately, migraines can have a major impact on patients’ lives. In addition to her having push back a work meeting, Kardashian said her migraines can affect her relationship with her daughter, True. “I feel so badly when I get one especially when they come in between me and my daughter,” Kardashian wrote. “She’s only three years old so she doesn’t understand that I genuinely cannot lift my head up when I experienced one. Most adults don’t understand.”

But there are ways to manage the pain. There are a variety of medications that can reduce the severity of a migraine or even stop one in its tracks when taken at the first sign of an attack, the Mayo Clinic explains. Other types of medications are typically taken daily and can help prevent migraines. Kardashian, who is a spokesperson for the migraine drug Nurtec ODT, says she finds it helpful to be in a dark room during a migraine. Some lifestyle changes can also help in the long term, such as managing caffeine intake, getting regular sleep, and adequately managing stress.

Many people with migraines will need to work with a specialist to figure out a treatment plan based on the type of migraines they have and the severity and frequency of their symptoms. More than anything, though, understanding and empathy from others will help someone with migraines feel okay about taking the time they need to prioritize their own health—especially in the middle of a painful attack. 

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