12 Things you should never, ever say to a Chronic Migraineur

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Although lowering stress levels is good for anyone, this will not eliminate our attacks which are both genetic and neurologic in nature. Saying this will cause additional stress to us though, because we have enough to deal with in our lives without feeling guilty and judged by those we care the most about. Have you heard any of these negative reactions to your migraines? View the original post by Ellen.
 

 

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Does stress impact the frequency or severity of your migraines?


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Chronic Migraineurs use an enormous amount of energy trying to look as normal as possible, and we want to know that we have been successful. However this statement sounds condescending and judgmental to the chronically ill — as if we must not have a real disease because you cannot look at us and see the ravages it has caused in our lives. Have you heard any of these negative reactions to your migraines? View the original post by Ellen.

 

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Do you always experience the same symptoms with each attack?


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Migraine, especially chronic Migraine is one of the worst kinds of pain there is, and is often undertreated enough to cause disability to the patient. Have you heard any of these negative reactions to your migraines? View the original post by Ellen.

 

 

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Have you ever experienced a “silent” migraine without the head pain?


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Clinical depression and Migraine are both primary (not caused by anything else) diseases involving neurotransmitters such as Serotonin. While it is common for clinical depression and Migraine to be comorbid — especially chronic Migraine — it is certainly normal for anyone with a chronic disease to become depressed as a result of their experience and should be expected as a normal result of the patient’s illness. Have you heard any of these negative reactions to your migraines? View the original post by Ellen.

 

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Do you find online or in-person support groups to be helpful?


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Please, let’s not take this back to the dark ages when epilepsy was “demon possession” and “hysterical” women with tight corsets suffered “the vapors”. Men experience Migraine, too. Have you heard any of these negative reactions to your migraines? View the original post by Ellen.

 

 

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True or false: Migraines affects more women than men


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Chronic Migraine is recognized as a disabling, systemic disease by patients who experience them, as well as physicians who treat them and even the government who offers Social Security Disability to those who suffer from it. Have you heard any of these negative reactions to your migraines? View the original post by Ellen.

 

 

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Have you gone home from work because of migraine symptoms?


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You might not realize that most chronic Migraineurs take preventive medicine every day. No two patients are alike, and what works for one will not work for another. Have you heard any of these negative reactions to your migraines? View the original post by Ellen.

 

 

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How many medications do you take to manage your chronic migraines?


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Actually, it’s not. Migraine is a systemic disease that affects nearly every part of our bodies, from digestive to circulatory to endocrine, to nervous system. Chronic pain eventually results in central sensitization and allodynia that causes severe pain throughout our entire bodies. Have you heard any of these negative reactions to your migraines? View the original post by Ellen.

 

 

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True or False: There is no difference between a migraine and a headache


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If you break your arm, will getting a hobby make your pain go away? Of course it won’t. Yet a Migraine makes a broken bone look like fun at the circus. Have you heard any of these negative reactions to your migraines? View the original post by Ellen.

 

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Have you compiled a list of your migraine triggers?


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While Migraineurs want to know that our loved ones are thinking about us and want to help us, the chance that you have stumbled upon a miraculous treatment or “cure” that our specialists — or we who have suffered terribly with this disease — have not, is miniscule beyond measure. Have you heard any of these negative reactions to your migraines? View the original post by Ellen.

 

 

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Have you tried any natural remedies to help manage your migraines?


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While exercise is sometimes helpful for Migraineurs when they are not in the midst of an attack, chronic Migraine often means back to back attacks that leave the patient no time to go outside or exercise. Additionally, exercise is frequently a trigger for Migraine attacks, especially in those who are chronic. Have you heard any of these negative reactions to your migraines? View the original post by Ellen.

 

 

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Do migraines limit your ability to exercise?


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Unfortunately, this is not true. Though rare, Migrainous stroke takes the lives of patients every year. Migraine — especially chronic Migraine — has been found to be tightly correlated with other serious or even potentially fatal health issues, and often it is the combination that is deadly. Have you heard any of these negative reactions to your migraines? View the original post by Ellen.

 

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Have you seen a migraine specialist before?

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