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Migraine Movies

The headache disorder that’s caused so much pain for so many is the star of two new films.

Migraine, a condition that affects more than 29.5 million Americans, brings pulsating or throbbing pain typically to  one side of the head. It may be accompanied by nausea or vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound, visual disturbances, etc. The condition takes the spotlight in a new film and an upcoming documentary.

Lily’s Mom: Written, directed and produced by well-known headache specialist Edmund Messina, MD, director of the Michigan Headache Clinic in East Lansing, Mich., this film focuses on the story of a migraineur named Mary. It offers insight into her daily struggles and her attempts to manage the condition. The film is available for purchase from the National Headache Foundation.

The Migraine Project: A feature documentary currently in production, this film examines the history of migraine, its effects on migraineurs, questions about the economic cost of the condition and more. A trailer of the film is available at

Both of these films seek to spread the word about migraine. How are you working to spread the word about migraine? What do you think about the ability of film and other media to bring awareness to the cause?

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