Over the weekend, I watched the film Life and Migraine that I bought online. It seemed a little expensive at $24.95 at Film Baby, but I told myself how often have I seen an actual documentary about migraines. Here is the description from the website:
"Headache is probably the most common painful illness and also the most misdiagnosed. Life and Migraine tells the story and it empowers the viewer to seek the best care possible.
This documentary presents an accurate view through the eyes of 13 real people who have come to grips with severe headaches. They share their struggles and their successes and they leave you with the message that help is available."
What I really liked was how they not only had interviews from real people with migraines, but they had a composite character go through out her day with a migraine from waking up, going to work, trying to see the doctor and going to the emergency room.
The movie covered losing time from your life because of migraines, absenteeism from work, cognitive problems and mood swings, fuzzy brain, not being taken seriously and being blown off by doctors. They dealt with frustrations at the Emergency Room and only getting temporary relief. It expressed how much a migraine sufferer needs support from friends and family.
The most interesting thing I thought was how they discussed migraines being misdiagnosed as sinus headaches. I had sinus headaches for years before my migraines started, so now I'm wondering if I've had migraines for longer than I thought.
Over the biggest message from the movie was "Be Your Own Advocate."