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Bachmann addresses issue of her migraines

Thu., July 21, 2011, midnight

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Trying for a second day to brush aside questions about whether her migraine headaches would affect her ability to serve as president, Republican candidate Michele Bachmann released a letter from the attending physician of the U.S. Congress stating that she was “overall in good general health.”

The letter released late Wednesday from Dr. Brian P. Monahan said that the Minnesota congresswoman had a “well-established diagnosis of migraine headaches with aura.” The letter said evaluations by Monahan’s office, as well as by a board-certified consulting neurologist, included brain scans and detailed lab work, which were normal.

“Your migraines occur infrequently and have known trigger factors of which you are aware and know how to avoid,” Monahan wrote in the letter to Bachmann. “When you do have a migraine, you are able to control it well with as-needed sumatriptan and odansetron,” he said. The first medication is commonly used for treatment of migraines and the second lessens nausea, often a migraine side effect.

The physician added that Bachmann has not needed daily medications to manage the condition or medical attention from his office. When asked the “trigger factors” for the headaches, Bachmann’s spokeswoman said in an email that “the letter speaks for itself.”

Bachmann’s health became a campaign issue earlier this week, after the Daily Caller published a story asserting that her migraines were occasionally incapacitating and have required hospitalization in some instances.


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