Class #48: Migraine Headaches with Jesse Thorn


Download: The MP3 File (Length: 45m -- 32 MB)

Jesse Thorn [Twitter] is a public radio show host, podcast host, and new media emperor.  You might know him from Bullseye  (formerly The Sound of Young America), MaxFunCon, or Jordan, Jesse, GO!  Despite being so prolific, he has suffered from migraine headaches his whole life.

In this class we talk about:

  • How migraines are more common in woman than men. 
  • Dealing with migraines as a child. Thorn's started when he was 10, in the 5th grade.
  • The feeling of powerlessness which made childhood and teenage years hard.
  • The unique pain of the migraine headache.
  • Symptoms like blinking lights, blurred vision, and nausea.
  • Pain for Thorn is so bad at times that a simple task like putting on clothes is sometimes very difficult.
  • Dealing with migraine pain as a child made Thorn become used to the pain in later life.
  • Experiencing ineffective medical treatments. 
  • Dealing with a father who was not very sympathetic towards his headaches.
  • Missing 20% of his middle school days and ultimately not graduating middle school.
  • Not acting dramatic is important for Thorn.  He does not want people to think that he is getting hysterical over something they can't see.
  • How migraines affect the perception of your public persona.
  • Thorn now takes medication called Imitrex which is a self-administered injection medicine which later turned into a nasal inhaler.   
  • Three ways that Thorn keeps his migraines under control: a diet that does not trigger his migraines, plenty of sleep, and managing his stress.
  • How having a strong support system is important for people that have migraines.
  • The absolute importance of seeking professional medical help.


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