Posted: Sep 14, 2012 8:59 AM by Lauren Molenburg
TUCSON, Arizona (AP) - Like any bride to be, Lorraine Arvizu meticulously planned every detail of her wedding - from the baby-blue and white colors to the guest list.
Nervous and excited as the big day approached, Arvizu prepared everything for the event.
She also hoped and prayed she didn't wake up with a migraine headache.
Arvizu has chronic migraines, a neurological condition characterized by having headaches on 15 or more days per month. They can last up to four hours or longer.
Lorraine didn't wake up with a migraine on her wedding day. But stress can be a trigger, and the pain hit her as she walked down the aisle.
"I could feel the pain in the back of my head and I knew I was in for a full-blown migraine."
Lorraine didn't get to enjoy much of her wedding day. Rather than dancing and mingling, she had to spend about 15 minutes every hour in a dark room to get some relief. She couldn't even eat the cake because of the nausea that accompanied her migraine.
"It's sad. I just wanted to go home," Arvizu said.
That day was nearly 30 years ago. Lorraine and her husband, Paul Arvizu, will get a wedding redo Wednesday.
Arvizu is a winner of the Rewrite Your Day campaign, a national educational initiative sponsored by Allergan Inc., the National Headache Foundation and Healthy Women to raise awareness of chronic migraine. As part of the campaign, celebrity event planner Mindy Weiss will re-create Lorraine and Paul's wedding, and the couple will renew their vows.
"I am absolutely thrilled to have Mindy Weiss create my wedding day so I can celebrate like I wanted to 30 years ago," Arvizu said.
Since being officially diagnosed about 10 years ago, Lorraine Arvizu has been working with a headache pain specialist and has learned ways to manage the pain. She knows that when she experiences aura - a change in vision, such as seeing flashing lights or floaters - she is going to have a migraine that day or the next day, and starts treating it so she is able to manage the pain.
"There really isn't a need to miss out on another day because of migraines," Arvizu said. "It's just a matter of finding the right treatment, so you can function."
Information from: Arizona Daily Star
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