10/18/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Cindy McCain Reveals Migraine Suffering, Compares It To Husband's Torture

In a new interview with People magazine, Cindy McCain revealed her secret struggle with migraines. She compared the condition to her husband's torture as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

She says one of her first challenges was finding the words to describe how painful the headaches can be. When she first told her husband, a former POW during the Vietnam War, she used a word she knew he would understand.

"Torture," she says. "Being tied to a chair for four days. I can't imagine how unbearable that pain must have been, but yeah, I can, because a migraine may come close."

In this 1968 footage from a French documentary, an imprisoned John McCain discusses his ordeal in Vietnam.

Read more from McCain's interview, including her thoughts on Michelle Obama and her struggle with stress on the campaign trail, at People.com.

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