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Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being. 2013 Feb 5;8:1-9. doi: 10.3402/qhw.v8i0.19900.

Travelling along a road with obstacles: experiences of managing life to feel well while living with migraine.

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Department of Health Sciences, LuleƄ University of Technology, LuleƄ, Sweden.


Living a life with migraine can impair one's sense of feeling well, and migraine is a disorder that is associated with substantial disability. Earlier research on how people manage their migraine has given important insight into these people's preventive actions and how they handle their attacks, but there is still a lack of knowledge of how persons with migraine manage their lives to feel well from a more holistic viewpoint. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore lived experiences of managing life to feel well while living with migraine. Nineteen persons with migraine were interviewed. A hermeneutic-phenomenological approach was used to explore their lived experiences. The findings reveal that persons with migraine not only used preventive strategies to abort and ease the consequences of migraine but also tried to amplify the good in life through increasing their energy and joy and through reaching peace with being afflicted with migraine. The findings of this study can encourage healthcare providers, as well as persons with migraine, to consider channeling their efforts into strategies aiming to amplify the good in life, including reaching peace of mind despite being afflicted.


Hermeneutic-phenomenology; headache management; health promotion; lived experiences; patient perspective; well-being

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