Bachmann: Migraines ain’t no big deal

Michele Bachmann (Reuters)

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann sought on Wednesday to reassure voters that her migraines are not debilitating, releasing a doctor’s statement that said she is able to manage them.

A report on The Daily Caller website said Bachmann, a deeply conservative member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota, suffers from stress-induced severe headaches that occur about once a week and can “incapacitate” her for days at a time.

Bachmann rejected the report and said she controls her migraines easily with prescription medication.

Seeking to put the matter to rest, Bachmann’s campaign released a letter by Brian Monahan, the attending physician for the U.S. Congress, that said Bachmann has had an extensive evaluation by his office as well as a neurologist.

“Your evaluation has entailed detailed labwork and brain scans all of which were normal. Your migraines occur infrequently and have known trigger factors of which you are aware and know how to avoid,” Monahan said in the letter to Bachmann.

He said she controls her migraines with prescription medication sumatriptan and odansetron and that “you are overall in good general health.”

A leading figure in the conservative Tea Party movement, Bachmann, 55, is battling with Mitt Romney for leadership of the Republican race to take on Democratic President Barack Obama in next year’s election.

Asked about Bachmann’s migraines, Romney said her health should not be an issue in the campaign.

“There’s no question in my mind that Michele Bachmann’s health is in no way an impediment to her being able to serve as president,” Romney said at a campaign stop in Los Angeles.

Campaigning in Norwalk, Iowa, Bachmann tried to move past the controversy. “We were voting last night in Washington, D.C. We got here about one o’clock in the morning. I keep a very vigorous schedule. I feel great and so we’ve answered that,” she said.

(Reporting by Steve Holland in Washington and Kay Henderson in Iowa; editing by Christopher Wilson)

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4 Responses to "Bachmann: Migraines ain’t no big deal"

  1. bmclellan  July 21, 2011 at 7:25 am

    If this doctor were a real diagnostician, his prescription would warn this Gas Bag to steer clear of sharp objects…Hack..

  2. Carl Nemo  July 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    So what is this presidential wannabe going to do when this nation has incrementally moved to a DEFCON I level of readiness: I.E., war is imminent and she’s expected to either order to launch defensively or offensively in order to counter a strategic nuclear threat to the United States, unlikely, but still possible? Will she be screaming and shrieking at the top of her lungs like she’s having a mega case of PMS to leave her the f**k alone because she’s got a headache…?

    I’ve been around people with a major migraine attack and their personas aren’t “user friendly” in the event you are depending on a useful interface with them. All that can be done is to leave them alone in a dark room with an ice pack on their heads along with a megadose of old fashioned aspirin tossed back with some Coke. Meanwhile…?! / : |

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEFCON

    Carl Nemo **==

  3. ray  July 22, 2011 at 10:21 am

    i said it before Jon Stewart … migraines are the least of concerns … it’s her radical extremist politics

    BTW i suffered from migraines and was still able to function even though preference was to be dead

  4. Almandine  July 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Not to worry, snowball’s chance…

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