How Some of the Rich and Famous Deal with Migraines


With around 39 million Americans experiencing chronic migraines, it’s not hard to see the relationship between stress levels, food and drink intake, and the environment in these attacks. Migraine doesn’t discriminate. The rich and famous are also susceptible, and many have regimens that help them manage the condition. 


In this post, I’m going to look at a few of the biggest names in Hollywood to see how they handle their migraines. If there’s anything in their regimen that could help you, I’ll be sure to share it.  Mostly, however, this article is to remind you that you aren’t alone in this journey.


The Taboo and Hidden History of Migraines

Migraines are “invisible” and challenging to diagnose, which means it is open to skepticism and discrimination. There are perhaps millions of more people suffering from migraines, but they often keep it quiet for fear of ostracization.  Leaders, presidents, artists, elite, athletes, singers, authors, and many more people are not immune to migraines, and symptoms are recorded throughout history. Cleopatra herself was thought to have the condition, and the earliest cases of painful headaches were recorded around 1200 B.C. In 400 B.C. Hippocrates described the visual disturbances with headaches, which we now call an aura.


It’s been around for a while. Even the greatest names in history have fallen victim to this implacable disease.  Let’s peek at a few of the modern-day rich and famous who have come forward about migraines and helped thousands of people find some connection and light in their path to recovery. 

Serena Williams

Serena is perhaps one of the more prominent names most of us recognize. Not only is she a world-class tennis player and the number one female in the world for this sport, but Serena also experienced migraines around her menstrual cycle, making her determination to push through the pain more admirable. She became a spokesperson and activist in the fight against migraines. 


Serena has created an action plan that helped her manage migraines, but she has recently had several bouts of daily migraine attacks given the amount of stress and pressure experienced in quarantine. But, as Serena has proven time after time, perseverance is one of her strengths, and she plans to continue bringing more awareness of the condition to the world through activism and public speaking.


Susan Olsen

The youngest Brady in the bunch, Susan Olsen came out on national late-night television to talk to the world about her migraines experiences in the late 1990s.  She experiences letdown headaches and continues to be an activist and public speaker on migraine awareness. The ultimate goal with letdown headaches is to manage stress levels so that you don’t have such a “come-down” when the week is over, the job is complete, or you are otherwise no longer under significant stress.


Ben Affleck

Only about 6% of men get migraines, and Ben Affleck is one of them. In 2006, he was hospitalized with persistent migraines that wouldn’t let him sleep. He learned then how important a regular sleep schedule was to keeping migraines under control. When asked what one piece of advice he could give to his fans with migraines, he recommended a sleep regimen that includes going to bed and waking up at the same time every day.


Simon Cowell

One of the biggest names in television, Simon is another man in the 6% who suffers from migraines. Simon’s migraines affect his blood pressure, which led him to faint while he was going upstairs at his home. When asked about this incident, he replied, “sometimes we get a reminder that we’re not invincible, and this was certainly mine.” 


Simon reported that he would need to take better care of himself, which included eating better, taking it easy (reducing stress), and resting. 


What Have We Learned?

Everyone with migraines experiences them differently, and most of them have unique practices they do to prevent and treat acute migraine attacks.  In this research, I found that most people who were willing to come out and talk about their journey spoke about the importance of keeping stress levels under control and getting adequate restorative sleep. Along with food, those two things are good places for any migraineur to start if they’re looking for ways to get onto the right track.  The purpose of this article was to prove, again, that you aren’t alone. Millions of people around the world know the struggle you face. 


If you need assistance finding a regimen, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I help people all around the world with their migraine journey, and I can help you too.  You can feel better.



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