35 Things you should never tell a Chronic Migraine Sufferer

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35 Things you should never tell a Chronic Migraine Sufferer

Post by Tee on Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:28 pm

This made me smile this morning.................... what the best one liner you have ever had?
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Outrageous, bizarre, and just plain ignorant things said to migraine headache patients by husbands, ER doctors, neurologists, coworkers, neighbors, family, and well-meaning friends.

Some things are better left unsaid
We’ve all received a few choice comments regarding our chronic migraines that we wish we could forget. Often, people mean well, but simply don’t know what to say. At such times, the right response is usually no response. Saying something to a friend or neighbor that you might regret later will just add fuel to your already raging inferno of stress.

Then, there are the times when people make insensitive comments, the kind that frankly leave you too flabbergasted for words. A good line of defense is to store up some verbal ammo, something that, when said with a faint smile, will get your point across without causing offence.


Here is a list of 35 things people should never say to anybody suffering from chronic migraine pain, and some suitable replies.

1 Have you tried (fill in the blanks)? Yes, I’ve heard of aspirin, Excedrin, Imitrex, Botox, Aleve, etc.

2 Migraines, they have treatments for that now. You must not be trying hard enough. Just grin and walk away.

3 Have you tried Googling your migraine symptoms? Even better, send your friends, family, and coworkers a few links to some helpful migraine advocate websites.

4 It’s all in your head. Correct- my brain, which is in my head, keeps sending out pain signals to my nerve sensors.

5 We all get headaches… Yes, well, migraine illness is a neurological disease, like Parkinson’s disease.

6 What, are you sick again? Unfortunately, I will probably have to battle with migraines all of my life, unless scientists come up with a foolproof cure.

7 Funny, you don’t look sick… Looks can be deceiving.

8 Gosh, you look terrible! Thanks?

9 What can I do to help? This question is okay, as long as you plan on following up with real actions. Offer to pitch in with housework, drive carpool for a few days, or pick something up at the supermarket.

10 What’s with the sunglasses? I’m not trying to bring back the 80’s, it’s just that bright lighting causes migraines.

11 Why don’t you get out and enjoy life a bit? Between migraine attacks, I do go out and do the same things non-migraineurs do. But during a migraine attack, and while recuperating afterwards, the pain is just too immense for me to even step outside.

12 Maybe if you just stop thinking about it all the time, it would go away. You try to “stop thinking” about a blunt axe digging into the side of your head, which is what migraine headaches often bear to mind.

13 You just need to learn how to relax. Stress is the #1 contributor to headaches, that is true. However, relaxation techniques are just one part of a multi-faceted plan towards preventing chronic migraines.

14 You just need to exercise more. Same as above, yoga, tai chi, and moderate aerobics are all effective at reducing the number and severity of migraine symptoms, but they are part of a larger pain management approach.

15 You’re just looking for attention. Toddlers, children, and sometimes, troubled teenagers, seek negative attention. Please don’t infantilize my condition.

16 You just need to have a few kids. It’s true that pregnancies sometimes reverse the symptoms of migraines, but you’re not suggesting I have babies just to prevent having migraines, are you?

17 You just need to drink more (fill in the blanks with either alcohol or water).

18 You just need more sex (from husband).

19 You get migraines at the most inconvenient times (also, from husband).

20 You’re probably just getting your period. If that’s the case, then I’ve been getting menstrual migraines for approximately twenty years.

21 You must have done something to deserve this (from clergymen).

22 Your migraines make you an inconvenience to others and a detriment to society (also, from clergymen).

23 You must have a low threshold for pain. Actually, to quote Diana Lee, blog master of Somebody Heal Me, “Some research in the past few years suggests we actually have greater pain tolerance than non migraineurs.”

24 Now that you’ve been laid off, the migraines will go away, because obviously they are caused by stress, right? (From coworkers) That’s like saying to a married couple who has been trying to conceive, “Now that you’ve adopted a child, you’ll probably get pregnant right away!”

25 No pain, no gain! That saying isn’t even true about sports, anymore.


http://www.migravent.com/blog/migraines/35-things-you-should-never-tell-a-chronic-migraine-sufferer/

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Post by Tee on Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:30 pm

I think the best one I had was and I quote - 'Your a classic pre Madonna - wearing sunglasses in the winter - who hell do you think you are'........roll of eyes .......... a few words from my husband and his man said sorry...............

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Post by Tee on Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:32 pm

Oh yes and the lady in Tesco 'wow you must have had a good night last night, drink a bit too much did you' - again while wearing sunglasses in the shop in winter.................. yeah right it was a ball!

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Post by Chris on Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:34 pm

Hiya. For number 6 unless you have a bucket about your person stand well back.

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