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Publisher's Summary

New York Times bestseller (The Biggest Buff, The Confidence Game, Mastermind) and New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova delves into the mysterious ailment that she and 39 million others suffer from in the U.S. alone: Migraine, a disease that is still little understood, yet debilitating to its sufferers. Konnikova takes a clear-eyed look at migraine’s history, diving into current theories and more recent approaches - and offers a deeply personal account of what it’s like to experience migraine, usually with little warning and always to a level that is devastating to a degree. 

Eighteen percent of women are thought to suffer from migraine, and Konnikova thinks that it’s not a coincidence that the ailment has not gotten the medical investigation that it deserves. It is unfortunately far too common to see medical data gaps where a predominantly female patient population is concerned.

Informative and entertaining, Migraine is an Audible Original for those who suffer from migraine and those with sufferers in their lives - which would amount to just about everyone.

©2021 Maria Konnikova (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator and Performer

Maria Konnikova is the author, most recently, of The Biggest Bluff, a New York Times bestseller, one of The Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2020 and a finalist for *The Telegraphv Best Sports Writing Awards for 2021. Her previous books are the bestsellers The Confidence Game, winner of the 2016 Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking, and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, an Anthony and Agatha Award finalist. Maria is a regularly contributing writer for The New Yorker whose writing has won numerous awards, including the 2019 Excellence in Science Journalism Award. While researching The Biggest Bluff, Maria became an international poker champion and the winner of over 300,000 dollars in tournament earnings—and inadvertently turned into a professional poker player. Maria’s writing has been featured in Best American Science and Nature Writing and translated into over twenty languages. Maria also hosts the podcast The Grift from Panoply Media, a show that explores con artists and the lives they ruin. Her podcasting work earned her a National Magazine Award nomination in 2019. She graduated from Harvard University and received her PhD in psychology from Columbia University.
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Appreciation!!!

From a 78 year old woman, retired RN. Thank you so much for this Audible selection!!! I take Emgality injections every month, Botox injections 31every 3 months and still have to use oral meds for migraines! The meds help so much but my mind is not as clear when I have a foggy period that precedes the headache and after the pain is actually gone. And I do not have any form of dementia……thank God! These headaches started in late 20s or early 30s have had 2 episodes of blindness many years ago. I wish everyone would listen to this with an open mind! I had these headaches before migraine meds were available. I worked and had 3 girls! I will never forget the frustration and pain only other migraine sufferers understood.
I hope this story will get people to go seek help—feel validated and more hopeful! SINCERELY,

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Finally!

Maria Konnikova is my hero! Honest talk about the diverse symptoms and persistent stigmas surrounding the disease of migraine. The true cost of migraine, the powerlessness experienced by sufferers. Bravo!

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Absolutely amazing

This story actually brought tears to my eyes. It brought light to so much. It validated that what I experience is real and I am not the only one. Thank you!

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Explorative and comprehensive

Though I disagree with the author’s comparison of how men are treated differently by doctors - I’ve also been told it was all in my mind and that I had a panic attack on several occasions and I’m male - the rest of the book explores different causes and treatments. I found it comforting to hear someone else talk about the physical and emotional pain that was real to me and have started looking at the treatments mentioned.

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Pretty good but way too short

I’m a man with migraine. I literally have one right now and did as I read this. Wanted to die about 18 hours ago. Not so bad at the moment. Anyway. Some great info and insight here. I just felt like it was terribly short. I just really started to get into it and it ended. Still worth a read though.

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Thank you!

I found tears in my eyes as I finally heard someone who understands. I could only describe my migraines as; asking to die, feeling like the moment a brain aneurysm bursts, like no other pain I have felt. Read if you seek words and understanding to something you or a loved one has experienced.

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Beautifully written and performed

My heart goes out to Maria. The pain comes through her choice of words and speech. Maria is an exceptionally brave person. The world of headache has been my life’s work. I have heard this so many times….but never has it been so well described as here. My wish is that I could speak with Maria. My Mother was a migraine sufferer. She is now 101. I helped nurser her for as long as I can remember. I feel to some degree I understand…but not really. The reading made me cry. I have collected information for the last chapter. Please do not give up hope, there is an answer. JM Columbus, Oh

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The best

The best overview of migraine that I have heard. It’s clear that she has done the research and she knows what she is talking about.
I have had Chronic Migraine for 25 years and she captured the experience so well. If know anyone who has migraine listen to this.

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There needs to be more migraine awareness like this

Migraines is a invisible illness to the outside world and the constant gaslighting by medical professionals is so frustrating when dealing with them. This book accurately represents migraine sufferers and the misogyny in medicine in getting help. This book made me feel seen and informative.

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A must read

I feel seen, I feel heard, I feel understood.

Haha trying to use my words.

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  • 01-19-22

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i am a life long migraine sufferer. the book still has many areas not touched, but good. i suffer with hemiplegic migraines along with others. i know most of my triggers thankfully after having intensive tests whilst i stayed in hospital. but this is a fabulous book that should be given to those who refuse to believe. To management so that they understand or have understanding. For all those people out there who think you are being a "drama queen" to get a reality check.

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  • Janey
  • 03-14-22

Not just in my head!

It’s good to hear something that takes this incurable debilitating illness seriously. As a lifelong sufferer migraine and endometriosis stopped me having any kind of “normal” life.

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  • Danga
  • 01-09-22

amazing book for everyone

I really loved this audio book, I couldn't stop listening till the end. It felt like I'm listening about my own experiences about migraine tbh and at the same time explained so many things I was never told about. Very easy to listen, very recommended.

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  • Kim Bate
  • 01-08-22

Great narration

Whilst it didn't give answers it gave me some insights I didn't know; it's great to know you're not alone.

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  • Naomi Cross
  • 01-22-22

Excellent for sufferers and those around them

Warmly written and narrated, this short book provides great insight into one person's experience of migraine. It also tells some of the history of migraine, and where we are today.

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  • Bree
  • 01-19-22

Good

It’s nice to have someone understand the debilitating pain of migraine, & not have them think you’re exaggerating or malingering. Interesting & worth a listen, but I was so hoping for some solid treatment ideas. Aren’t we all?

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  • Clare
  • 01-16-22

Great!

An eye-opener, not just for migraines but all invisible illnesses. A great commentary on how women are treated by medical professionals. My only complaint, I wish it was longer.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-14-22

Very Interestimg

As a 70 yr old chronic migraine sufferer I can emperthize with the author. Loved hearing her story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-14-22

I wish it was longer!

Refreshing, informative, enlightening, helpful, myth busting and groundbreaking.

Whether you suffer migraine, someone you know suffers migraine, or migraine has never thrown it’s cruel cloak over your existence, this succinct, entertaining book is well worth a listen.

Bravo!

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  • Ainslie Divers
  • 04-09-22

Must read for migrainers and the family/ friends

I reckon most migraine people will nod their head in agreement for pretty much everything she spoke about. I did.
Good for some one diagnosed ( recent or not) or their families to gain understanding.

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  • Jim Breen
  • 03-01-22

Fascinating!

So damn real! Her empathy, her honesty and her commitment to her research was inspiring. They are debilitating, I wouldn't wish them on my worst enemy. Thank you!

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  • mooncat1973a
  • 02-26-22

Excellent book! Thank you!

Well researched and accessible. A must-read for migraineurs, loved ones, treating professionals and employers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-25-22

nice to hear it's more common than I thought.

this was super validating for someone who's been experiencing aura migraine for over 20 years.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-22

Felt like I was reading my own journal

Highly recommended especially if you have just begun getting migraines. Even if like myself, 7 years of chronic migraines and knowing how poorly we are treated when it come to Doctors wanting to keep their % just right for them.
You're not alone with this horrible pain. Reading her experiences has changedy own.