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NO BUSINESS SOLICITATIONS PLEASE--THIS IS A GROUP FOR THOSE LIVING WITH CHRONIC PAIN ONLY
* We ask attendees refrain from wearing scent--thanks!
Welcome to our group! It's open to anyone living with all types of head pain, e.g. chronic daily headache, migraine (all variants), cluster, etc. It's isolating to live with an invisible illness, and we offer a safe, sensitive, non-judgmental space to share your experience, to give and receive support. We will identify with each other, empathize, and feel understood. Though this won't help our physical pain, it's likely to help bolster our internal resources: we're able to better deal with the emotional stress, because we're less alone. "Strength in numbers," as the saying goes! We encourage you to share your stories, trials and successes with treatments and triggers. We're free to talk about everything key for us in living with chronic head pain, e.g. ramifications and repercussions (indirect and direct)--on mood, job, family, Self, finances, social and sex life . . . nothing is off limits--implicit in a "support" group is unconditionality. Depending on your needs in the group, we may also do basic education about migraine and headache, debunk myths, trade current research and literature, refer each other to neurologists in the area. Everyone is welcome, regardless of the treatment protocol you're using: preventive medications, pain killers, alternative healing, lifestyle interventions, a combination of two, three, four, or neither---we respect each others' methods. We NEVER judge. If we stumble here, we self-correct. The group is flexible and dynamic: no set agenda or protocol; we'll 'go with the flow' and collaborate on the structure, content and process each meeting. It's likely to vary, depending on what people want to talk about, what's most urgent, etc. It's up to you how much, what, and what not to share. You can be as vulnerable or as protected as you need to be. Please use this forum in any way helpful to you. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting!
With Healing Wishes for Everyone,
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR HEADACHE DISORDERS/MIGRAINE:
[For those dreaded times when we're in relentless pain, no preventive or abortive intervention works, everything is failing, we fear falling, staring into despair and dark muck, brain crashing through skull, intestines churning echo, vomit round the corner . . . we're feverishly scouring cyberspace for hope and relief . . . something, anything new to try. For those days of dank and bleak, for those horror-filled nights of rot and black, here's a list]:
www.headaches.org (National Headache Foundation--NHF)
www.aan.com (American Academy of Neurology)
www.ihs-headache.org (International Headache Society)
www.Migraine Research Foundation.org
www.ouch-us.org (Organization for Understanding Cluster Headache)
www.w-h-a.org (World Headache Alliance)
www.achenet.org (American Council on Headache Education)
MigraineCast (Migraine podcast)