15 Things People Who Get Migraines Want You to Know

All the well-intentioned, relevant, good advice is usually appreciated, but sometimes people just don’t realize what they’re saying to someone who suffers from migraines. When it comes to the excruciating pain and the helpless feeling that your head may split in half, most people can’t relate. In most cases, empathy trumps well-intentioned, relevant good advice.

There are 35 million Americans, a majority of which are women, who unpredictably and usually without warning, must cringe, wince and do their best to deal with the excruciating pain of a migraine. While driving. At work. After a slight turn of the head. In the midst of eating.

Bright sunshine scorches the eyes like a blow torch. It’s a notorious jolt only migraine sufferers really know.

Unfortunately, stereotypes, myths and misconceptions happen. Many people, even some family doctors, don’t fully understand the very complex and invariably private misery it causes. The sharp, splitting pain. The nausea. The vomiting. The cramps. The depression. And more.

When the pain hits, even the most caring and well-intentioned good advice is not welcome. Instead, try some understanding.

Here are 15 things people who suffer with migraines want you to know.

1. It’s NOT just a bad headache!

Absolutely! Definitely! Doctors and researchers agree that migraines are a genetic, neurological disease characterized by flare-ups most commonly called “migraine attacks.”

This is a far cry from “just a bad headache!”

Migraine attacks are a special and specific pain. It’s confusing and jarring for some people to actually comprehend that migraine attacks CAN happen with no headache. In fact, in diagnostic, medical terms, there must be various other symptoms other than headache for the diagnosis of a migraine attack. “A migraine headache” has just become a misunderstood but common reference.

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