Migraineur Kristin Chenoweth Wins First Emmy!

Nancy Harris Bonk Health Guide
  • Kristin Chenoweth had a big night Sunday, September 20, 2009. She won her first Emmy Award for  Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for her role in "Pushing Daises." She also had a severe Migraine attack.


    Paramedics were called when Ms. Chenoweth complained of Migraine pain and couldn't open her eyes. She was examined in a backstage area, rested, then left the award ceremony. A frequent user of Twitter, she tweeted later that night:

    • "sometimes the aura of a migraine. im warding it off w meds then gonna hit the town! thx 4 ur love n well wishes!!!"

    • "I do have a full-fledged migraine! Sick but happy!"

    What triggered Ms. Chenoweth's Migraine? Could it have been the bright lights on stage? The loud music? Did she skip any meals because she was excited that she was nominated? Any or all of the above may trigger a Migraine for some of us. That's why it is so important to know what are triggers are and learn how to manage them.  Our Migraine Trigger page has a wealth of information on it including a free version of our Migraine diary and various ways to manage your triggers. Continue reading HERE for more information. 

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    Migraine is a genetic neurological disease thought to be caused by overactive neurons in our brains and genetics. More than 36 million Americans are afflicted with Migraine annually, including 25 percent of middle-aged women and 19 percent of veterans of the Iraq war. One-quarter of American families contain someone with Migraine.





    Snead, Elizabeth. "Were the Emmy's too much for Kristin Chenoweth? Medics treated her backstage." The Los Angeles Times. September 21, 2009.


    Fact Sheet. "Headache Disorders in the United States." Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy.


    Entertainment Section. "Kristin Cheonoweth's Migraine Puts Pause on Emmy Celebration." The Huffington Post. September 22, 2009.



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    Last updated  September 22, 2009

Published On: September 22, 2009