Meet Teri Robert - MyMigraineConnection

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • It’s a pleasure to be joining the MyMigraineConnection team. Migraine disease is something that affects me personally as well as professionally. I’ve had Migraines since the age of six. About ten years ago, they began getting worse and worse, to the point where I was stuck in bed with a Migraine more often than not. After going to doctor after doctor and making no progress, I decided to hit the Internet and research my “Migraine headaches.”

    I soon learned that Migraines aren’t “just headaches,” that Migraine is a genetic neurological disease, and that there are several types of Migraines. I also learned that it can be a difficult disease to treat, but that there are doctors who actually specialize in headache and Migraine treatment. With the help of such a specialist, I am now controlling Migraine disease rather than it controlling me.
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    Something else came out of the search for help – a new career as a writer and patient advocate. I started as the About.com Guide to Headaches & Migraines and was there for nearly seven years. I also became the Support Advisor for MAGNUM, the National Migraine Association. Just over a year ago, my first book, “Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You That You Need To Know,” was published by HarperCollins.

    The need for current knowledge in this field is critical, especially since there is so much developing research. To satisfy that need, I’m constantly studying medical journals and books and attend medical conferences on a regular basis. I’ve earned continuing education hours in this field from the American Headache Society, the Primary Care Network, and the Center for Health Care Education.

    I have a philosophy about health care -- Optimal health care can be achieved only when patients are educated about their health and patients and physicians work together as treatment partners in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

    Please join me in continuing to learn about this disease and how to manage it.
Published On: January 16, 2007