36 Million Suffer From Migraines; Up to 70% Have Tension Headaches
— June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month —
(Atlanta, June 5, 2013) – In recognition of Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, Sharecare, the health and wellness social engagement platform founded by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, has released the Top 10 Headache and Migraine Bloggers. Officially known as “Social HealthMakers,” these Top 10 bloggers help identify specialists, explain headache triggers and provide pain relief solutions for the millions of men, women and children who suffer from migraines and headaches each month.
Here’s who made it on the Top 10 list:
- Teri Robert — HealthCentral.com and Migraine.com
Facing debilitating migraines and failed medical care, Robert became About.com’s headache and migraine writer. She now leads HealthCentral Network’s migraine site and writes for Migraine.com and the American Headache Society.
- Diana Lee — SomebodyHealMe.DianaLee.net and Migraine.com
A writer, blogger, lawyer and health advocate living with chronic migraines, Lee covers migraines, depression, chronic pain and more to educate, inform and inspire. She also hosts a migraine chat and contributes to the American Council of Headache Education’s (ACHE) Tuesday series.
- Kerrie Smyres — TheDailyHeadache.com and Migraine.com
Living with migraines and chronic daily headaches since age 11, Smyres believes there is much more to life than illness. With her husband, she created TheraSpecs migraine glasses, a natural treatment to reduce migraine frequency and severity.
- Dawn Marcus, MD — DawnMarcusMD.com and Migraine.com
Dr. Marcus is an internationally recognized speaker, educator, and author of nine books, including 10 Simple Solutions to Migraine, Headache and Chronic Pain Syndromes, with a book on migraine in women to be published next year.
- Ellen Schnakenberg — Migraine.com
Patient educator, writer, advocate and community leader, Schnakenberg uses her online voice to provide information and advocate for fellow migraine sufferers, including speaking to D.C. legislators at the annual Headache on the Hill event, sponsored by the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy.
- Nancy Harris Bonk — MigraineAndHeadacheBlog.com
Slipping on a patch of black ice in 1996, Bonk endured mild traumatic brain injury and suffers headaches, chronic pain, dizziness, short-term memory loss and occasional irritability. She now uses her experiences to support people with migraine disease and headache disorders.
- Heather Hefner — WarOnHeadaches.blogspot.com
Founder of the blog “War on Headaches,” Hefner was diagnosed with chronic daily headaches and hosts informed discussions on beating painful life interruptions.
- Susan Hutchinson, MD — Migraine.com
Headache specialist, board-certified family practice physician and migraine sufferer Susan Hutchinson, MD, founded Orange County Migraine & Headache Center.
- Kelly — FlyWithHope.com
Disabled since 2005 by chronic migraines and daily headaches, Kelly shares her journey of learning to manage chronic illness.
- Migrainista — Migraine-ista.blogspot.com
An anonymous blogger who lives with chronic migraine pain and fibromyalgia, Migrainista writes on all aspects of life from healthy eating and managing symptoms to dealing with doctors and overcoming the many misconceptions about migraines.
Complete background information about all 10 Top Headache and Migraine Bloggers can be found here: www.sharecare.com/static/top-ten-social-healthmakers.
Sharecare Social HealthMakers (formerly SharecareNow) are among the most influential people in health and wellness on the Web, literally driving “conversations on the leading edge.” They address a wide range of issues within specific topic areas while demonstrating consistent impact across multiple interactive channels-such as Twitter, Facebook, video and blogs. This impact is measured through a proprietary algorithm based on more than 100 individual metrics developed and powered by WCG, the marketing-leading digital communications agency, quantifying topic relevance, syndication, presence and reach. Prior Sharecare lists have identified Social HealthMakers in weight loss, infertility, heart disease, fitness, Alzheimer’s disease and more.
Sharecare is a health and wellness social network that connects people with experts, ranging from doctors and specialists to hospitals, healthcare companies and health-conscious consumers. The power behind the site’s unique Q&A format is its collective wisdom, providing health-seeking consumers with answers reflecting multiple expert perspectives-greatly simplifying the search for quality information. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Productions, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications, Sharecare allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness, creating an active community where knowledge is shared and put into practice-simply said, sharing care. Launched in 2010, Sharecare is based in Atlanta, GA.
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