Men’s Health Week 2018 – Famous Men with Migraine
Migraine can occur in just about anybody and it does not discriminate between genders, ages or socioeconomic status. Sometimes when celebrities speak up about their battles with migraine it can help to lift the stigma surrounding the condition and make the general population more aware of the chronically debilitating nature of the condition. For male celebrities, particularly sportsmen, admitting to a suffering from a condition that is often seen as a female problem, can be additionally challenging. So for Men’s Health Week 2018, to highlight the good company you keep, we thought we would reveal the top 5 male celebrities and sports men who suffer from migraine.
FORMER REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SOCCER PLAYER
Tony Cascarino has suffered from migraines since he was in his late 20’s. His migraines have caused him to miss important matches and to also miss out on post match celebrations as he has to take to a darkened room to recover from his attacks. Interestingly when he moved to France and his training regime changed with a greater emphasis on re-hydration his migraine attacks subsided. Read Tony’s story here
FORMER MAN UTD AND ENGLAND FOOTBALLER
Paul Scholes is one of the most successful English footballers of all time with 25 trophies including 11 Premier League titles and 2 Champions League Titles. In his autobiography ‘My Story’ he admits to having migraine during his professional career.
The famous philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche suffered from migraine with aura from his early childhood. He actually suffered from a range of neurological illnesses and depression. His recorded death from syphilis caught from prostitutes is now the subject of controversy with contemporary scholars arguing his cause of death was recorded as syphilis by post WW 2 historians eager to smear the reputation of a philosopher, whose writing and ideas underpinned some of the Nazi regimes teachings.
Hugh Jackman has spoken openly about suffering from migraines all his life. He explained how he once missed the opportunity to meet former PM Tony Blair as he was vomiting from a migraine attack and had to stay in his hotel room. Hugh has described how mediation and mindfulness, and the accompanying stress reduction have had a positive affect on his life and reduced his migraine attacks.
THE KING OF ROCK’N’ROLL
Elvis Presley’s physician in an interview following his death, revealed that Elvis suffered debilitating and crippling migraines his whole life. Who knows, maybe his lifelong addiction to prescription painkillers could have been as a result of attempting to stop his regular migraines. Many men will self medicate with over the counter drugs rather than seeking medical advise and this can often result in medication overuse headache.