What to know about the new research on migraines Video

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have a “Gma” health alert and go over here O — how are y’all doing? I’ll talk to Jen Ashton about that. Something very important to Shaffer with you that affects many. Talking about promising new research. Aren’t we? That’s right. Debilitating condition that affects so many but there is new hope and before we talk to Jen about that, here is a look at someone’s story. Migraines have completely controlled my life. I hate to say it but it’s true. Everything I do is planned around migraines. Reporter: 23-year-old Kate is not like most college students. And enjoying freedom and fun of campus life because on most days she is in pain. I don’t really go out that much. It’s hard to be around a lot of people. So I am very reclusive. It’s had an effect on your relationships and friendships. Yes, it’s too difficult to like go to a party. That’s like just not fun for me. So I spend a lot of time by myself. Kate’s struggle with migraines is one her mother Jill knows all too well. Because migraine runs in her family. But for Kate, there has been no medication or treatment that has helped ease the pain. Her childhood was marked by frequent visits to neurologists, migraine specialists and hospitals. Desperate to find relief. My 17-year-old, 18-year-old, 20-year-old, for days and days in the dark with her head on the pillow saying I’m dying. There’s nothing I can do. That’s hard. How do you deal with people who don’t understand if you have — it’s an illness and any other illness, if you are going through cancer like I did and lost my hair, people could understand that. But there seems to be as your mother was saying earlier, oh, come on, just. Tough it out. Tough it out. So how do you handle it and make people understand, no. Honestly I don’t really tell people. Because I can tell when somebody thinks I’m lying and I don’t want to subject myself to that. Migraine right now is synonymous in the public with a…

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