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By Ang44 - August 21, 2013
... condition is as debilitating as I say. I have to depend on her to watch the kids when things happen so I can’t just tell her where to go. I would really like her support and understanding. I sent her the migraine... visualization. Maybe that will open up her eyes. Thankfully, I have friends and my ex get it and are very understanding and supportive. Another good point is that medicaid has started covering sumitriptan tablets every nine days so it is almost enough to get me through a month like that. Ang ...

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By Lisa Robin Benson - November 29, 2016
... live with the pain and discomfort without any clear reason or purpose, and the daily struggle is often invisible –  so who would cheer us on? Depending on our support networks, many of us do have people who are rooting for us... (true story). Even our closest family and friends can struggle to always show support. Migraine is a chronic condition, and though the pain and challenge can be much worse than a 30 kilometer hike, it becomes the new normal...

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By Tammy Rome - August 10, 2016
...Online support groups can be a life-saver for many with migraine who are too sick to socialize any other way. Having the support of others who understand what you are going through is priceless. I’ve participated in several... from being human. Our support groups are vulnerable to the same challenges as any group of people. We can be a source of uplifting encouragement to each other. We can also be petty, small-minded, and territorial. It hurts...

By Editorial Team - April 6, 2012
...Help your patients become more active in their migraine management and treatment. Migraine.com has the tools you need to keep your patients informed. The Migraine.com Weekly Help your patients stay up to date on the latest migraine news and information — recommend the Migraine.com Weekly. READ MORE Patient Guides Help your patients understand migraine with downloadable patient guides in PDF format. The guides can be easily printed or e-mailed...

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By Tammy Rome - August 29, 2016
... people who were not supportive, didn’t understand, or didn’t believe me. None of them were my closest loved ones, though. There has always been someone I could call on for help and I never felt uncomfortable talking about... migraine with those closest to me. Together we faced a cold and uncaring world, but inside my safe bubble there has only been love, support, and belief. So who am I to even talk? My gut instinct is to tell that patient to run...

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By Amanda Workman - June 28, 2017
...Support groups, either in person or virtual, can make many positive effects on individuals with medical conditions or those who have other stressful events going on in their lives. Managing a chronic health condition... is definitely a cause to seek support from others. Support groups can be very beneficial for your overall mental health in many ways. Connection with others An important benefit of support groups is that they provide you with a way...

By The Migraine Girl - March 27, 2008
... of a secret in my life for two years now. Imagine my delight to get such an outpouring of support even before the clock struck noon! My aunt, a couple friends in Athens, a good friend in Europe, and some old high school...

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By Teri Robert - May 26, 2011
...A solid support system is essential to effective Migraine management. Even the best medical care and treatment will fall short in keeping a Migraineur going during periods of chronic or especially severe Migraines... if their support system is inadequate. In addition to the physical havoc Migraine wreaks on the body, it messes with our lives in other ways. Many aspects of life that are often taken for granted are impacted negatively: relationships...

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By Dr. William B. Young - July 9, 2017
...Recently I was trying to cajole some headache doctors I know to start a Miles for Migraine walk/run in their communities. They said to me that they wouldn’t be successful at getting many patients to participate because—and I paraphrase—“of the biology of the disease: migraine itself makes it so patients won’t go out and face the sun, the noise, and the movement — they are driven to turn away from things, not to do things.” The argument why...

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By Amanda Workman - July 5, 2017
...I made a list of several questions and put my sister to the task of honestly answering them. Some of you may see some of her points come off as harsh, but the key to remember is this is her opinion based on her thoughts about my life living with chronic migraine. While I may not agree completely with her viewpoint on everything, it is still her opinion to have and most likely she is not the only family member of somebody with chronic migraine who...

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By Bill Bartlett - June 22, 2017
... than men get migraines. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, about one in 20 men get migraines. By comparison, nearly one in five women do. Those numbers are supported by the representation of the writers here...…and they didn’t want to get anything on them. I guess my friends’ second-hand knowledge of migraines, through knowing me or one of the 85% of migraineurs who are women, is better than no friendly support at all. Please don’t misunderstand...

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By Lisa Robin Benson - June 12, 2017
...Many advocates and I have taken to heart a new way of speaking about migraine, and so I felt compelled to make a graphic to show a few examples: This graphic is based on a powerful article from last June outlining how to talk about migraine by Dr. William B. Young, a specialist at the Jefferson Headache Center and contributor for migraine.com. He said, “I believe that if we consistently use the right words and phrases then over time we can...

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By Amanda Workman - June 8, 2017
... and mother both have episodic migraine and as far as my personal support system goes, they are the most understanding about my pain levels. Both of them will tell anybody they do not see how I can work or take care of things... solve all the issues faced by the migraine community, but it would definitely be a positive start. I do not believe people understand the effect of their support on an individual. Feeling supported by those you love...

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By Marcia Kavulich - May 31, 2017
... to talk about AMF, their initiative, and the stigma that still exists within our society. Migraine research and patient advocacy What is American Migraine Foundation and how does this organization support the migraine... not provided the funding support to clinicians and scientists to advance the treatment of migraine and other headache disorders. In addition to the Thunderclap on June 8th, we also launched the Move Against Migraine Facebook Group...

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By Sarah Hackley - May 4, 2017
...I recently attended a coaching workshop for health and wellness coaches. The women I had the privilege to meet while there overflow with optimism and sincerity. They are helpers, encouragers, and supporters. As both a group... and completely as possible. I found myself discouraged, then, in the support these women may be offering people—at least people with chronic diseases—when one of the leaders said something that’s on my list of number one...

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By Sarah Hackley - April 21, 2017
...The room dips right, and I stumble, grabbing the back of the white chair in front of me for balance. Immediately, I glance around to see if anyone noticed me fall from simply standing still. Though I’m in a room full of people with chronic conditions, I’m embarrassed. Fearing the perception Dizziness is my most humiliating migraine symptom. I’m constantly tripping, and I can rarely turn a corner or walk down a long hallway without banging my...

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By Holly Baddour - April 14, 2017
..., former migraineurs would pursue worthy goals aimed toward helping others who are struggling. Goals that would have a positive impact on the lives of others; perhaps finding ways to provide support, wellness and compassion...

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By Jacquie - January 10, 2011
...Thanks for your support Ellen. I have tried a number of things for my PMS migraines but i have had no real luck and now my body has decided to throw me a new curve ball and i have found out recently that i have started...

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By Holly Baddour - February 24, 2017
..., perhaps a spouse or partner, is also the primary provider of support to the migraineur. Children watch and try to make sense of a parent in severe pain. Depending on their ages, witnessing this kind of struggle can cause... hard-hit by pain, my family and I (like many of you and yours) have created a back-up system of logistical support that springs forth so that when I go down with a migraine, my absence causes the least disruption possible. My...

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By Lisa Robin Benson - February 23, 2017
...In a writing class recently the teacher brought up something I hadn’t considered. He talked about why story is important. From Greek myths and the Epic of Gilgamesh to Star Wars (yes, that was a big jump there!), story has been a key part of all cultures. It’s a way we can learn about the world. Sure, we can travel and experience a lot if we want to, but we can’t have a conversation with Einstein, walk through the streets...

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