I was explaining silent migraine to a friend the other day and for the first time I really thought about the designation: Silent Migraine. I began to wonder how it got its name. Loud noise in ones head is not a symptom of migraine (at least not that I’m aware of). Yes migraines can make us more sensitive to sound – phonophobia – but we do not hear clashing, shrieking or any other sounds as a result of our migraine.
Therefore why not change the name to Headache-less Migraine? That’s really what it is. Wouldn’t that help to stop the stigma that migraine is just a headache when really it’s not? People would be puzzled at the term; they would be moved to research our disease and find out that migraine is a debilitating, genetic, neurological disorder with head pain being only one of its many possible symptoms.
If you agree with this please like, share and tweet this article. Let’s change the name from Silent Migraine to Headache-Less Migraine. Let’s educate and stop the stigma.
For more information, please read 8 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Migraine, found on www.migraine.com and How to tell a migraine from a headache on http://www.healthcentral.com. The later link features a video by: Dr. Richard B. Lipton of the Montefiore Headache Center; on it he provides one of the best descriptions I’ve heard of the difference between a migraine and a headache.