Having the support of our loved ones is as big an issue for those of us with migraine disease as good medical care is. No matter how well our migraine management is working, we’re going to have times when a migraine knocks the daylights out of us, and we need the support of our family and friends.
Deborah I. Friedman, M.D., M.P.H., who is a migraine and headache specialist and a member of the board of directors of the American Headache Society, has written a piece to help with situations where our loved ones don’t understand migraine and how to be supportive and help us when we are having a migraine attack and beyond. In “Your Loved One Has Migraines,” s he begins by saying,
“There are few things more distressing than seeing your loved one in pain. Migraine, which causes repeated attacks of severe head pain associated with other disabling symptoms, affects not only the person who has it but also impacts the people close to them.”
Dr. Friedman goes on to cover:
- What is migraine and what causes it?
- What can make it worse over time?
- Are there behaviors associated with having migraine?
- What can help?
- What’s the bottom line?
“Your Loved One Has Migraines” was recently published in the journal Headache, the journal of the American Headache Society, but unlike most of the content in Headache, “Your Loved One Has Migraines” is available to everyone. You can read it on the Headache web site and even download a PDF version, if you wish. Read or download “Your Loved One Has Migraines.”
More helpful articles for your family and friends:
Friedman, Deborah I., MD, MPH. “Your Loved One Has Migraines.” Headache 2016;56:1368-1369.
_Reviewed by David Watson, MD. _
© Teri Robert, 2016.
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate in the area of migraine and other headache disorders, and has been writing for the HealthCentral migraine site since 2007. She is a co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association. She received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award for “ongoing patient education, support, and advocacy” in 2004 and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society in 2013. You can find links to Teri’s work on her web site and blog and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.