The Misunderstood World Of Chronic Migraines

Jul 27, 2011

All of us know migraine sufferers.

Three important women in my life get migraine attacks. You'd think, given that, I'd know a lot about migraine, but it turns out I don't.  I would have said that migraine is a kind of headache, but it now seems to me that that's not precisely true. Migraine is a neurological condition whose most prominent symptom is a headache. Somewhere around 36 million of our fellow Americans get them. Migraine was recently thrust into the news because Michele Bachmann has it, which triggered (pun intended) a national conversation about whether migraine is so incapacitating as to render a sufferer ineligible for the presidency. As one of her doctors pointed out, whether you like Michele Bachmann or not, she got her law degree, worked as an attorney, raised kids, ran for Congress, served in Congress and launched a presidential campaign. She doesn't seem incapacitated.  Later in the show, Deputy DEEP Commissioner Susan Frechette explains how a mountain lion from South Dakota ended up in Connecticut. Hear that interview in its entirely and see pictures here. Leave your comments, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or tweet us @wnprcolin.