Make plans to attend the benefit action for Jeanne Schumacher on Sunday, January 16 at Slyvester’s in Broken Bow beginning at 4 PM. The event, which has been postponed since March of 2020 due to COVID, will feature a live auction to help raise funds to help offset medical costs as she continues to battle hemicrania continua.
According to the American Migraine Foundation, hemicrania continua is a rare but treatable headache disorder that comes with a continuous headache on one side of the head. While the condition is not as common as a migraine, it may affect more people than originally thought. According to the AMF, hemicrania continua always involves pain on one side of the head and is present 24 hours per day, seven days a week, continuously for at least three months.
Patients often have a variety of symptoms on the same side of the head as the headache. These include tearing, redness of the eye, eyelid drooping, sweating, and nasal congestion. An individual with hemicrania continua may become restless and be unable to sit still or lie down.
Treating the headaches is not as simple as taking ibuprofen. In fact, indomethacin, which is the medication used to treat hemicrania continua, is the only non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that works to stop the pain. Outside of the drug, there are very few other options to prevent the pain.
The benefit auction will include a saddle, tools, gift baskets, and more. Additional information and photos of the auction items are available on the Benefit for Jeanne Schumacher Facebook page.