Featured Pain Art: “Migraine”

Featured Pain Art: “Migraine”

PE.HentgesThis piece is one attempt to express the oppressive experience migraine sufferers’ go through.

Thread painting – a fiber medium – thread and fabric

14 inches long x 11 inches wide

This art a courtesy of PainExhibit.org, an online educational, visual arts exhibit from artists with chronic pain who use art to express some facet of the pain experience.

The Pain Exhibit’s mission is to educate healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain through art, and to give voice to the many who suffer in silence.

Pain Exhibit recently launched its new Spanish language website at PainExhibit.org/es.   

Authored by: Melissa Hentges

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There is plenty of help out there that people often don’t know about.

I have about 4 triggers; hormonal, stress, food and poor posture.

I’ve been to a dietician who’s helped steer me in the right direction; food is often a trigger for people, for me it’s salicylates in the high and very high list.

I’ve also seen a physio that treats migraines. Due to many years of poor posture I have a couple of vertebrae out of alignment. My physio works on them, but also with that there’s self help which means physio exercises at home. This has had wonderful results.

I still get migraines, but instead of most days of the week, it’s approximately every fortnight.

It is also in the gene pool for a lot of people, as it is for me.


The pain is so intense it often feels like you want someone to put you out of your misery. Despite all medication/injections, the migraine has to run its course. Injections are the best thing to help the pain and suffering.


I’ve always said it felt like an elephant sitting on my head, this is right on!