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By Teri Robert - May 26, 2011
...ype and how much support we need varies from person to person. Still, the importance of a solid support system shouldn’t be underestimated. We have an online forum where you can post comments and questions in discussions for support. If you’d like to find a live support group in your area, ask your doctor or call local hospitals to see if they can refer you to one. Another good place to look for one is on the web site of the National Headache...

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By hollybee - February 24, 2017
...ngs may feel one-sided. It is gut-wrenching to watch someone you care about as they experience severe pain while being completely helpless to stop it. It is key that the spouses or key caregivers of people with migraines get support in their own right. And this is important because the person living with migraines is frequently unable to provide that type of support on a consistent basis. While unfair, this is a simple fact. In our situation, I...

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By Sarah Hackley - August 16, 2015
...d places to start searching: http://migraine.meetup.com and http://groups.yahoo.com. Online If leaving the house isn’t an option due to pain, dizziness, nausea, exhaustion, or any other migraine symptom, consider looking for support online. (Research shows online support groups have a significant positive impact on quality of life.) Migraine.com has an extensive online community for migraineurs and caregivers featuring polls, reader stories, and...

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By hollybee - November 25, 2016
...the person closest to you question your experience and not provide the support you need is difficult, especially when you are already battling frequent and severe pain. Submit If this is your experience, do your best to get support elsewhere first- be it from friends or other family members. It’s key to have a support system to help you navigate life with migraine. Think about ways you can help your partner understand. Use migraine.com for...

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By Editorial Team - June 27, 2012
...ty members might find participating in this research beneficial, with the potential for increased understanding of one’s own coping resources and the potential empowerment processes associated with using such online headache support groups as this. To complete this survey we require that you meet the following criteria:- 1) Suffered from frequent headaches/migraines for at least 6 months and suffered from headaches/migraines on average at least...

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By Diana Lee - December 21, 2010
...learn how best to manage their condition by minimizing triggers, recognizing headache patterns and many other key strategies. The NHF is an extremely visible organization and an important source of both online and community support and information for migraine patients. To help them continue providing a high level of assistance, consider making a donation. NFH members also receive a copy of the NHF’s Head Lines publication, which shares...

By Olivier Chateau - November 29, 2010
...significantly than others in assessments of sense of empowerment, use of relaxation strategies; use of social support; reporting pain as awful, horrible or unbearable; depression; and stress. Studies have shown low levels of support for those suffering from migraines, although research shows that support has a tremendous positive impact on migraines. For some migraine sufferers, support can be as beneficial as medication. A study in 2000, found...

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By Ellen Schnakenberg - July 18, 2013
...care for it. I staked it with a loooong stick and put it in the landing to live. Within a couple of years, my little rubber tree plant had grown nearly to the ceiling! The taller it grew, the more dependent it became to the support of the stake. Eventually the weight of the tree was too much for the stake, and we had to support the stake itself by wiring it to the corner of the wall. My little tree looked perfectly healthy. Most that saw it...

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By Sarah Hackley - May 6, 2015
...magine, even for those of us who deal with our own chronic conditions on a daily or near daily basis. Those who have no experience with chronic illness at all may find it nearly impossible to answer. After all, how do you be supportive without condemning, negating, or belittling your loved one’s experiences? How can you assist without smothering? Trust in your loved one’s experiences. You’re not going to be able to see the symptoms associated...

By Olivier Chateau - November 29, 2010
...nd ostracized by the people around them and the condition worsens the more severe the migraines. Support for migraine sufferers To help avoid feelings of isolation, people with migraines have several options that can provide support and understanding, such as: Support Groups Look around your local community and search online to find a migraine, headache or chronic pain support group in your area. These in-person meetings can give you the...

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By Tammy Rome - August 29, 2016
...are deeply about you. I do wish I could give your loved ones a good talking to. If they can’t be convinced, I hope you are able to get away. Barring one of those miracles, I hope that you can find comfort, understanding, and support somewhere because everyone deserves a safe place to be themselves. I also hope that people come into your life who can offer you the kind of practical support that is so desperately lacking. You are always in my...

By The Migraine Girl - March 27, 2008
...e & facebook pages. I wanted friends & family who were interested to be able to look at this blog that’s been somewhat 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 buddies all sent messages to let me know they had read some (or most, in my aunt’s...

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By Dr. William B. Young - September 9, 2016
...ter funded. Let me tell you a little about the two organizations that are conducting walks and races. Miles for Migraine races take place in large cities with headache fellowship programs. The money raised locally is used to support research and the education of headache experts in these cities. Part of the money is used to support national organizations like the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA). Miles for Migraine runs adolescent...

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By Kerrie Smyres - March 14, 2013
...ey want to help, but don’t know how to. Simply by being willing to listen, offer sympathy (but never pity), and allowing us the space we need to deal with illness in our own way, they carry us through the tough times. Loving us as we are, including migraine and all the demands it places on our time, energy, attention, and ability to be a good friend or family member, is the most important thing they can do. Who are the people that support...

By Amrita Bhowmick, MPH - January 7, 2012
...April of 2011, in conjunction with the National Headache Foundation, Nancy founded the first, local support group for migraine and headache sufferers in Western New York — The Western New York Migraine and Headache Disorder Support Group. This support group continues to help support, educate, and alleviate the stigma that surrounds people with migraine disease. Nancy continues to read, research and attend medical conferences when she is able,...

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By Lisa Robin Benson - November 17, 2016
...s that they have “tried everything.” They then often verbally tell me a list of the various treatments and medications they have tried. I help people with the emotional component of migraines, as well as offering support, and help to manage and figure out the struggle of migraines together. I do ask people what they’ve tried, and require them to seek medical support from a neurologist since I do not treat migraines from a...

By Amrita Bhowmick, MPH - July 29, 2015
...a shifted her focus from the law to building communities and connecting people. Her background in mental health has given her a genuine sense of understanding the struggles others endure while recognizing the importance of a supportive and empowering community. When she isn’t building communities, she spends her free time surrounded by senior dogs and cats. Kelly Dabel Kelly is a Moderator for Health Union, as well as a Registered Dietitian...

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By Editorial Team - June 1, 2013
June is Migraine & Headache Awareness Month! Help us spread the word but changing your social media avatar. You can download the image by right-clicking and saving the file to your computer. Below are instructions for changing your avatar across social media platforms: Change your Facebook profile picture Change your Twitter profile picture Change your Google+ profile picture To change your Migraine.com profile picture, log in, and click...

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By Tammy Rome - June 16, 2016
...dache and Migraine Association (AHMA) was founded. If you have migraine or any other headache disorder, AHMA is fighting for you. Isn’t that what Migraine.com does? No, it doesn’t. Websites like Migraine.com and social media support groups exist to provide patient education and a sense of belonging. AHMA is different. AHMA works to improve public perception of migraine, provide public education, lobby for political support (and the research...

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By Katie Golden - September 29, 2016
...thritis.net, Type2Diabetes.com, HepatitisC.net, COPD.net, ChrohnsDisease.com, Asthma.net, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net, and PlaquePsoriasis.net. And there are many more in the pipeline. The team of writers, moderators and tech support has grown tremendously. Those not working at headquarters always feel very supported by those working specifically on Migraine.com. Health Union has grown so fast, they just moved into a new space. I’ve had the...

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