Cross Reveals a Life of Incapacitating Migraines
October 6, 2005

Sexy "Desperate Housewife" Marcia Cross is opening up for the first time about her secret struggle, revealing that she's battled debilitating migraines since she was 14.

People magazine's Senior Editor Jamie Bufalino said the headaches were so severe, they caused Cross's vision to blur. One attack even sent the actress to the emergency room.

And while her TV character struggled with a cheating husband, Cross told People the migraines took a toll on her real love life as well.

"She said it was kind of like having a stroke," Bufalino revealed. "It kind of distanced her from people in the past. It kind of affected her relationships."

Now, happily engaged to investment banker Tom Mahoney, Cross has learned how to control the painful headaches with medicine and by avoiding certain foods, such as oranges, red wine and chocolate.

Cross said she hasn't had any migraines on the set of her mega-hit show, which this week finds a Wisteria Lane neighbor making a jailhouse confession. It seems that tensions mount when Gabrielle reopens old wounds about her affair during a visit with her husband, Carlos.

Catch a new episode of "Desperate Housewives" Sunday night on ABC, and read more about Marcia's migraines in People, which hits newsstands Friday.

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