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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)