We sexy, sexy migraineurs...

A friend of mine sent me a link to an article about migraine over the weekend. Rest assured this was not the first time someone has sent me some information she’s found about migraine online—but it certainly was one of the few times the article title made me crack a smile. The WebMD article is titled, “Are Migraine Sufferers Sexier?”Some of you may have read about the article cited in this study—first I heard of it was a few years ago.

My first reaction post-giggle (yes, I sometimes have the mind and maturity level of a ninth grader) was to imagine myself how I looked Saturday evening, when I was so knocked out with a migraine that I only climbed out of bed to use the rest room and get a midnight snack. Looking at myself in the bathroom mirror revealed a woman who was anything but sexy—rumpled pajamas, rumpled hair, rumpled face with pillow marks, and those oh-so-sexy glazed-over migraine eyes. Was I sexier than the average person right then? Probably not.

In my more academic days, I would spend the next few pages analyzing the article’s merits, pointing out possible ways in which the original study may be flawed and maybe even comparing some of the claims to my own life. But it’s late on a weeknight, I’m a little sleepy, and I think I’d rather talk a little more simply and then hear what you have to say.

Were I in a more energetic mood, I might also point out ways in which WebMD—a good site overall but one that has far too much scope to achieve much depth and accuracy sometimes—is rife with misinformation on migraine disease.

The article brings up some good points, for sure, and I can say I can agree anecdotally with some of what the writer points out. As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, it has always seemed to me that migraineurs have a greater tendency to react to sensory and emotional stimuli than do their non-migraineur peers. This is why many of us have brains that can detect subtle flickering of light or the faintest trace of perfume. I heard a headache specialist at an NHF conference say that we should take advantage of the benefits of migraine (yep, I started to roll my eyes with that one, too, but hear me out). From an evolutionary standpoint, migraineurs have an advantage: we are extremely sensitive to our environments, attuned to the smallest changes of weather, scent, lighting, and taste. While I shy away from any claims that there is a “migraine personality,” I do think the neurologist made an interesting point and, ever since hearing him speak, I’ve tried to focus on the way my life is enriched due to my hypersensitivities.

Which brings me back to we few, we sexy few, we band of migraineurs. Am I less inclined to doubt this recent article because I want to be sexier than the average 31-year-old woman? Am I more inclined to believe the migraine specialist’s words about my specially gifted brain because this throws me in a positive light? Goodness knows if I read an article about how migraineurs were dull, insensitive, and utterly unsexy, I certainly would dismiss it (after ranting a bit in private).

So for those of you who are bold enough to share your stories, share away. Anecdotally speaking, do you think you have a higher sex drive than your non-migraineur friends? And to bring up another point the article makes: do you find that sex helps ease your migraine-related pain?

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