Is anyone offended to hear migraine is “Just a headache”?!
Does it infuriate anyone else when someone calls a migraine a “headache”? It didn’t bother me in the past, but as I’ve gotten worse over the last few years, hearing that ignorant reference just grinds every last nerve I have. I can understand if it’s a stranger who is completely unaware of the situation, but when family and friends who have seen your ongoing battles with this horrible disease minimize it to “just a headache,” it feels like salt in an open wound. Even my own partner, who gets migraines himself, calls them “headaches.” I don’t yell and scream at people who do this or sit and obsess over it, but in the moment it happens, I can’t help seeing red and gritting my teeth while saying, “It’s NOT a headache.” Am I overreacting or does anyone else take offense to this as well?