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For Lorie Novak and millions of others, a migraine is #notjustaheadache. Lorie, who has suffered from migraines since she was 8, decided to tackle the representation of her debilitating headaches after she read Joan Didion’s 1968 essay “In Bed,” about the writer’s struggle with migraines. Starting in 2009, Lorie photographed herself every time she got a migraine. In the past, doctors said that migraines — a real, debilitating medical condition related to temporary abnormal brain activity — were a woman’s problem caused by emotional disturbances. They do occur 3 to 4 times more often in women than men. But guess what? Emotions do not cause migraines. One major cause: a shift in hormones. Follow @migraineregister to see more #selfportraits by Lorie Novak.