Help loved ones cope with your migraine

While you may be the one who endures the pain of a migraine attack, your family, friends and colleagues often experience some impact, too. A disabling migraine may cause you to miss your lunch date, client meeting or your son’s big soccer game. As a result, loved ones may become frustrated, resentful or disappointed. Understand that they are suffering too, and you should take steps to find effective treatments and reduce the stress in these situations.

Educate others about how severe the symptoms of a migraine can be; consider bringing your spouse on your next doctor’s visit so your physician can help explain your condition; participate in a support group to learn how to cope with the impact of a migraine; share how migraine impacts the rest of your life and how an attack makes you feel; and offer suggestions to loved ones about how they can help during a migraine attack.