You would think that a medical condition that affects 39 million Americans and is often debilitating would be part of everyday conversation, similar to how we complain about cold or allergy symptoms, or swap solutions for back pain, with friends and colleagues. But in the case of the intense headaches and neurological symptoms known as migraine, the condition is rarely discussed, even by the many people who experience it.
No, that doesn’t make sense to us either, but the silence around migraines may be due to lingering stigma. People who suffer from migraine (the medical term for these unlucky folks is migraineurs) and other types of chronic headaches often report feeling ashamed about or trying to play down their condition out of fear that it might hurt their careers or relationships. And the fact that migraine disproportionately is a female issue — women are 3x more likely to experience it than men — may have something to do with the fact that until the past decade or so the research community wasn’t seriously focused on finding solutions (as recently as 25 years ago nearly all health research was conducted on men).
Clearly migraines are a big problem, and now Nurx will be part of the solution. Our mission at Nurx has always been to empower patients to take control of their health and live well, by providing them with compassionate care for health needs that are stigmatized or for which treatment is difficult to access. So clearing the path to personalized, cutting-edge care for migraines and chronic headaches is work we are more than ready for.
Why We Entered Headache Care
When we’ve asked our patients what other conditions they wish Nurx would treat, headaches and migraines is one that has come up frequently — not surprising since migraine is most common in women 18 to 44, the same group most likely to use birth control.
We’re happy that so many of you trust Nurx to deliver migraine treatment. You’ve experienced how much better it can be to access healthcare without jumping through the hoops of waiting for an appointment, going to a doctor’s office, and then waiting in line at the pharmacy — and when it comes to getting treatment for migraines and other chronic headaches, there are a whole lot of hoops. Beyond the usual hassles, good headache care can be hard to find. There are only about 500 headache specialists in the U.S. and 39 million people who experience migraines, plus primary care doctors typically have very little training in treating headaches. Perhaps that’s why 1 in 2 Nurx patients surveyed reported that they’ve had their headache symptoms dismissed by a doctor.
Nurx Headache and Migraine Treatment was created by neurologist and headache specialist Charisse Litchman, MD, a pioneer in the field of headache care who knows too well the impacts that migraines and chronic headaches have on patients’ lives. “I and several members of my family experience migraines, so I truly understand the pain and, beyond that, how migraines cause inability to function well at work, not being able to respond to your children as you would like to, missing social events as well as diminished enjoyment of even the simplest pleasures in life,” she says. Dr. Litchman partnered with Nurx to build our new treatment program because she believes more people should have convenient access to high-quality headache care that is usually only available to the lucky few.
How Nurx Headache and Migraine Treatment Works
- Patients provide their comprehensive medical history, which involves entering information about your headaches and health history and filming a series of short videos. This will take 25-30 minutes and you can do it any time, at your convenience.
- A Nurx medical provider licensed in your state and trained in headache care will review, create your personalized treatment plan, and write prescriptions for medication, if medically appropriate.
- Our pharmacy will send your medication to your door. In some cases, we’ll call a prescription into a pharmacy near you for in-person pick up.
- Headache and migraine treatment with Nurx is a one-year program of ongoing care. We’ll ask you to track your migraines, and we’ll check in with you after about 6 weeks and 6 months of treatment, to see if your medications are working and assess whether you need to make changes.
- We’ll be here for you. Message our medical team any time if you have questions about your treatment.
If you suffer from migraines or chronic headaches and have given up hope you’ll ever be headache free, Dr. Litchman has very good news for you. “Today we have cutting-edge medications that aim not only to stop migraines entirely but to prevent them from starting in the first place,” she says. “Many patients don’t know what it’s like to live without migraines and it’s not until they’re gone that they realize how big an impact the headaches have on them. They say it’s life-changing!”