There’s no doubt that I’m the weak link in my family. Sometimes you have no choice in linguistic life but to turn to Yiddish to really say what you want to say.
So I’m not going to use the word ‘kvetch’ just because everybody knows it (even if I might have tendencies), but rather, if you delve deeper into the language, you will find the perfect word for my family members. You will realize immediately that they are what is known as ‘shtarkers,’ or strong, stout folk.
- That “28 million” number from the infographic–that’s equivalent to around 10-20% of the U.S. population.
- Additionally, of the above number, 4.5 million have more than 1 attack per month.
- Migraine suffers lose an estimated 157 million workdays each year due to head pain.
- Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with a migraine.
- Here’s a good one–a treatment for migraines made it into the oldest medical manuscript in existence. Called the Ebers Papyrus (not surprisingly put together by one George Ebers) and dating back at least to 1200 BC, it’s a collection of medical treatments for various pains, with–count ’em–twelve treatments for headaches. However, migraine was considered as a separate category. The manuscript prescribes “to eliminate the disease in. . .[the] head,” one should try, “fruit of coriander…made into a mass, honey is mixed with it, the head is bandaged therewith so that it goes immediately well with him.”
- Today treatment is often divided into 4 sections: preventative or prophylactic, trigger management, attack abortion, and general pain management.
I hope you spend a moment on the infographic below to commemorate Migraine Awareness Month. Here’s an additional 4 activities to help make an impact:
Check out the American Headache and Migraine Association’s website. They’re the movers and the shakers behind this month, and they offer more facts plus:
1. Ideas about sharing migraine facts via social media;
2. A month-long blogging challenge–you write a post every day using their prompts [I can’t decide if they’re cute or too-cute: Day 15 is: “Harry Potter: Write & name a spell for getting rid of a Migraine/Headache;” 26 is “Men in Black: Migraine Neuralizer: How do you cope with the way Migraine/Headache Disorders can impact our memories?”];
3. A photo challenge: Here you’re to take and share a photo each day of the month using a series of prompts they give you for inspiration–then share them on the social media sites;
4. They entertain the option that you’ve got something better going than the above ideas. If you’ve got an event for them that they don’t know about. I’m guessing–I know, I’m really going out on a limb here–that no one reading this does, but in case you do, contact Diana Lee at SomebodyHealMe@Gmail.com.