By Sharon Letts
In 1997, 28-year-old Oregon resident and stay-at-home mom Amy Mellen was pregnant with her second child when her physician prescribed Percocet for severe migraines that began when she was in college.
“My migraines were debilitating,” Mellen shared. “It was impossible to care for my oldest daughter, while pregnant with my youngest daughter. I get vision tracers that take over my entire field of vision—my face, lips, and fingers go numb—and I have a horrible time forming words to speak. These symptoms begin before the actual headache happens.”
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines are the third-most prevalent and sixth-most disabling disease in the world, with “an extremely incapacitating collection of neurological symptoms.”