More than just a Headache: Battling Migraine Stigma

Is migraine a “real” condition? The obvious answer is yes. Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from migraines. It is a condition characterized by crushing pain to one side of the head, that is often accompanied by nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and sometimes aura. Physical and emotional stress, poor sleep quality, and sensitivity to bright lights can all trigger a migraine. But there are still people who doubt that it’s a real condition. Jason Rosenberg, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at John Hopkins Medicine and director of The John Hopkins Headache Center says “I see it from husbands and wives who roll their eyes at their spouse for saying they have headaches to employers not recognizing it as an illness.” Rosenberg says the problem may be that the medical profession historically looked at migraines as attacking a certain “type” of person — the overachieving, oversensitive petite woman. “It’s often thought of as a weakness of character as opposed to a biological disease,” he says.

At AZTMJ, Dr. Stan Farrell is one of the best-qualified doctors in the country for treating head pain. Dr. Stan Farrell is Board Certified and a member of the American Headache Society and a Diplomate with the American Board of Orofacial Pain, making him one of the best choices for your migraine headache treatment. If you or someone you know is experiencing the signs and symptoms of headache and or migraines, please schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Farrell at 480-945-3629 or visit us online at