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Experts in Florida, elsewhere say Bachmann's migraine problem common



The pain can be excruciating, ranking with kidney stones and childbirth. And all it may take to trigger a migraine headache is a few missed meals, fitful sleep or stressful working conditions.

Migraines, as the almost 30 million Americans who suffer them know, are nothing to take lightly. So reports of the severe migraines experienced by Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann have raised questions about how the condition may affect her ability to handle the nation's highest office.

The Minnesota congresswoman said in a statement that migraines have never kept her from functioning and wouldn't keep her from serving as commander in chief. Headache specialists agree that migraines don't have to be debilitating when properly managed with medication and lifestyle measures.

"We certainly have had presidents with illnesses that were more serious," said Dr. Diana Pollock, a neurologist at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. She noted that migraines are prevalent in all walks of life. "I don't think it should eliminate anybody from holding the office of president." (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:05pm]


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