American Idol Jordin Sparks joined the ranks of celebrity migraine patients like Desperate Housewives’ Marcia Cross in her recent campaign to raise migraine awareness. Partnered with Excedrin for Migraines, Jordin speaks candidly about her experience with migraine headaches and My Migraine Triggers, the new migraine diary app for migraine sufferers.
Jordin on Migraines
She rose to fame in American Idol, and continues to wow her audience in movies like Sparkle, in which she co-starred with Whitney Houston.
Now, Jordin Sparks uses her superstar status to help spread migraine awareness. In the new Excedrin for Migraines campaign, Jordin talks about her battle with migraine headaches, a genetic neurological disorder that causes severe head pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and hypersensitivity to things like bright lights, strong scents, and loud noises.
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“As it turns out, migraines are hereditary and just one of the many things I inherited from my mom. As a young girl, I remember watching my mom become completely debilitated by severe migraines. In an instant, she became drowsy, sick to her stomach and unable move from the couch. I was scared and troubled that there was nothing I could do to help her.
My Migraine Triggers
In addition to “coming out of the migraineur closet,” Jordin Sparks is also promoting the release of a new iPhone app for migraine sufferers. My Migraine Triggers enables migraine patients to start tracking their migraine triggers and share the information with their doctors, all from the convenience of your iPhone or iPad.
By logging in relevant data- foods, weather, sleep schedule, and stress levels- people who suffer from chronic migraines improve their chances of preventing migraine attacks through trigger avoidance.
My Migraine Triggers is available for free on iTunes.
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In her video sponsored by Excedrin, Jordin attributes stress as being her greatest migraine trigger. How about you- what’s your strongest trigger for migraine attacks?
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