Are you married or in a committed relationship? Is your partner understanding?

How do you navigate living with migraine with your partner? Are they supportive?


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  • 25fc8eg
    8 months ago

    I could not function without my husband when my chronic migraine is really bad and my function is low. He is my nurse. It was much more difficult before I was married. He is the most understanding person in my life and I’m thankful for him every day.

  • nem360
    9 months ago

    My b/f can be understanding as he is a migraine sufferer himself. We definitely handle them in 2 different ways. He will start presenting symptoms and every time cut himself off from the world take his meds and under the covers he goes. Where as I just function around it. I am a lot tougher on myself than him, I will coddle him until he feels better which is usually in like an hour. with myself I will just keep functioning and dealing with the symptoms, like having to pull over to vomit or just push in my temples until I swear they will pop open. I feel that if I complain he will just brush it off because I usually act like nothings wrong and keep my hell internal around him and the kids. I am probably wrong considering we have been together 13yrs and he has never given me any reason to thing this way I just hate to be the one who complains.

  • tgerard127
    9 months ago

    I’m blessed that my wife is very understanding and supportive. She was the one who talked me into seeing her neurologist (she has a different neurological disorder and sees her neurologist regularly). Before that I never realized that my headaches were migraines, I would just pop some Tylenol or Ibuprofen, grab an ice pack, and lie down in a cool, dark room. Now we both book our appointments so we can see the neurologist together, and my headaches are far, far, far less frequent and less severe.

  • 499lake
    9 months ago

    My partner’s lack of empathy for my abdominal migraines finally caused me to leave him. I could cope with his lack of empathy most of the time, but his complete lack of empathy during an attack was the proverbial straw. This was not an easy decision as he is 85 years old.
    My incidence of migraines has decreased since leaving him.

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    9 months ago

    Hi there @499lake, I am sure this must have been an extremely difficult decision to make. Taking care of you & having supportive people in your life should certainly take priority. I am so happy that your frequency has deceased & may it only continue to improve. Thank you for sharing this with us. Warmly, Joanna (Migraine.com Team)

  • FarmerWife17
    9 months ago

    My husband has been very supportive but it is hard for him because he doesn’t completely understand what I am going through. He gets anxious because he cant help but he learned that when I have a migraine it is best to leave me alone unless I ask for help! Just have to help educate him a bit to help him understand what I am going through.

  • Joleen1966
    9 months ago

    My husband and I have been together for 26 years and will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in May. He is very supportive. He wished he could do something or take the pain on himself that I feel. We both get frustrated but Rich is my rock. It seems like I cancel plans more often than not. With chronic migraines I want to hide in bed under the covers! They have been brutal lately and I go see a new neuro in March.

    Good luck to us all. 🙂

  • Cyndi
    10 months ago

    He has learned and understand that when I have a migraine, I’m not messing around. He is very supportive at home but when I have to go to the ER, it’s hard for him. He hates seeing me in pain and wants to take it all away.

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