What Not to Say to Someone With Migraine

By Joshua Ferguson
Updated 2024-03-24 16:15:11 | Published 2022-09-09 07:22:17
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    • Explore effective strategies and solutions for managing migraines in this focused section of the iMedix Blog. It offers valuable information on migraine triggers, treatment options, and coping techniques, designed to aid individuals experiencing migraines, as well as those supporting them.

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Every time someone says, Oh, I get headaches, too, when discussing a migraine, it triggers a strong reaction in me. I understand that they mean well, but I urge them to stop. Comparing a migraine to a regular headache can come across as condescending and dismissive of the intense pain that comes with this invisible disease. Instead of worrying about what not to say, focus on how you can show your support and care. Reschedule plans, be understanding of limitations, and respect the person's needs.

If you want to help someone with migraines, ask them about their triggers. Some people are aware of what sets off their episodes, while others are still figuring it out. Even a simple act like not wearing a perfume that could trigger their migraine can make a difference. On a side note, I think there should be a TED Talk about the appropriate amount of perfume or cologne to wear in general. It's not pleasant when someone smells like they bathed in it.

Please be considerate and understanding when it comes to unexpected migraine episodes. Don't take it personally if someone has to cancel plans at the last minute. Migraines have a way of winning, and flexibility is necessary. Avoid rubbing salt in the wound through insensitive comments or questioning. Trust that the person is going through an intense pain, even if they seemed fine moments ago.

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Use your common sense and treat people the way you want to be treated. Unless you're a doctor, it's best not to offer diagnoses or tell someone they don't look sick. Your words can feel like an attack and only worsen the situation. I'm being blunt here because I know someone reading this may have wanted to say these things but lacked the energy or time.

When someone has a migraine attack, going out for fresh air and food is not a helpful suggestion. It's best to retreat to a dark, quiet, and cool room to alleviate symptoms aggravated by bright lights and noise. This may be contrary to what you expect, but it's what works for most migraine sufferers.

Knowing that someone is genuinely there for you can be incredibly comforting. Connecting with your family member, friend, or loved one who lives with migraines is crucial. And if you're seeking additional support, consider joining a community of fellow migraineurs on Facebook. There, you can learn, share, and connect with others who understand your experiences.

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