Why It’s Personal; Erin Hamlin Charts Her Course
What makes headache and Migraine such personal conditions is the varying degree of headache and Migraine experiences, which can range from mild tension headaches every so often to chronic, crippling Migraines. And some people can experience a combination of different types of headache disorders, with varying severity and disability. Worse yet, these headaches and Migraines can be triggered by a variety of physical and environmental factors – from hormones to weather, stress to diet – and even those triggers can be different combinations for different people. As a result, an individualized approach is key to getting relief from headaches.
“People with headaches are all over the map when it comes to their process in seeking relief. But the critical first step is to really get to know their personal headache patterns, and this new tool helps them do that,” says Dr. Cady.
World champion luger Erin Hamlin has begun to chart her course to relief -- she was among the first to use the tool available through Headache U. During the day before the 2009 Luge World Championship, Hamlin suffered a debilitating Migraine and went on to win gold the next day, becoming the first U.S. woman to win the World Championship title. She has since learned about the tips and resources available from the NHF, and is not only committed to getting relief, but also to helping others. She recently signed on as a spokesperson for the organization, and is participating in educational activities.
“I want to feel like I have some control over my headaches. With my travel and training schedule, I can’t afford to be down. I owe it to my country, teammates, fans and family to be at the top of my game, and learning more about my headache patterns with these NHF tools is helping me -- and others -- achieve that.”
About the NHF
One of MyMigraineConnection.com's nonprofit affiliates, the NHF is a nonprofit organization that has been helping people with headache for nearly 40 years. It is a source of help to sufferers’ families, physicians who treat headache sufferers, allied healthcare professionals and to the public. The leaders of the organization are world-renowned experts in the field who have pulled together many easy-to-use tools and resources to help people better understand headaches and options for headache care. This information is available on the NHF website at www.headaches.org or by calling 1-888-NHF-5552 (M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT).