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Famous People with Migraine Headaches

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Can you imagine the stress and pressure Kate Middleton and Prince William are under as they approach their Royal Wedding day?

Not limited to commoners, Kings, Queens, Princesses and Celebrities, all suffer from migraines. Queen Elizabeth I and II, King Henry the VIII, Princess Margret and some of the richest, most powerful and most famous, were plagued by the life disrupting phenomenon of MIGRAINES.  They could have been helped, find out how.


The World Headache Alliance published the following article that you may find interesting:

“Some of the world’s most famous and influential people—statesmen, military leaders, writers, painters, psychologists, philosophers, actors, musicians and sports stars—have suffered from migraine.

The Politicians

Roman dictator Julius Caesar and French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte suffered from migraine, as did U.S. president and principal author of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson. Both Robert E. Lee, Commander-in-Chief of Confederate armies during the American Civil War, and Ulysses S. Grant, the Union general who overcame Lee’s troops and went on to become U.S. president also suffered from migraine.

The Writers

Migraine has influenced the work of many writers, among them Lewis Carroll, Virginia Woolf, and Miguel de Cervantes. Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found  may have been drawn from the feelings of bodily distortion and light sensitivity experienced by some people with migraine.

Virginia Woolf’s works include A Room of One’s Own, Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse. Cervantes is best known for his satirical masterpiece Don Quixote.

The Painters

Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh is reputed to have suffered from severe migraines. Some speculate that his strokes of pure color were inspired by visual disturbances from migraine auras. Van Gogh’s works include some of the most acclaimed paintings ever created – Sunflowers, Irises and The Night Café.

The “Seurat effect,” a term used to describe the visual phenomenon of a scintillating aura, takes its name from another Impressionist artist, Georges Seurat. Seurat pioneered the pointillist technique of building up images from small dots of color.

The Thinkers

Sigmund Freud, the “Father of Psychoanalysis,” is thought to have suffered from migraine. Freud’s radical views challenged 20th century society’s view of itself and the world with his provocative theories on the psychology of human sexuality and dream interpretation.

The German philosopher and poet Friedrich Nietzsche was also plagued by migraines. Nietzsche, considered one of the most influential thinkers of the 19th century, produced many works during his short career. These include The Birth of Tragedy, Daybreak, The Gay Science, Beyond Good and Evil, On the Genealogy of Morals, The Antichrist and The Will to Power.

The Entertainers

Musical legend Elvis Presley, actress and comedienne Whoopi Goldberg, British royal family member Princess Margaret, Denver Broncos player Terrel Davis, and actress Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady of Brady Bunch fame) are just some of the 20th century’s famous migraine sufferers.

Needless to say, if you suffer from migraine, you’re in good company.

Many migraines sufferers have tried many, many things to control this life disrupting phenomenon. Millions abuse pain pills in an attempt to get some relief.  But a lifetime of taking pills for pain is not a pleasant thought.

Preventing migraines by helping your body to cure itself, is an option that is not a dream but a reality. To learn more please go to  You don’t have to be royalty or rich and famous to get the best information available and take back control of your life.

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S