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(Migraine.com)   Twelve things NOT to say to a someone with chronic migraines. No mention of Drew's favorite: "How about a beer?"   (migraine.com) divider line 23
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2012-09-30 04:27:52 PM  
7 votes:
The best thing to say is nothing. Just gently usher them into a dark, quiet room with their medicine (if any), and let them ride it out.
2012-09-30 04:46:00 PM  
3 votes:
"Stop whining; you're not the first person to get a headache, and you won't be the last."
2012-09-30 04:42:42 PM  
3 votes:
In other words, if someone says they have a migraine, walk away and do not interact with them. They will be an asshole if you do.
2012-09-30 05:22:30 PM  
2 votes:

HotIgneous Intruder: How about, "HAVE MORE DIET COKE AND COFFEE!"

/Never have met a person who had migraines who also wasn't also a caffeine and/or soda addict.


Caffeine can help sometimes. If I feel like I'm starting to get one, I can sometimes get past it by having something with caffeine.

Unfortunately, there's so many foods that trigger migraines, just figuring out what to eat can be a pain in the ass some times.

Best thing to do for a migraine (short of good drugs) is a dark room, complete quiet, and an icepack behind your neck and/or over your eyes.
2012-09-30 05:12:52 PM  
2 votes:
I used to get migraines when I was a kid; First I'd get weird visual effects; blind spots, flashing lights. Then crippling head pain, light hurts, sound hurts, even the pillow hurts. Finally, the puking.

Ugh. Wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
2012-09-30 04:41:40 PM  
2 votes:

enik: You could apply a list like that to any chronic sickness people suffer from. I get stupid comments like those all the time when dealing with asthma.


I get chronic migraines and the stupid questions stopped the day I puked on a co-worker.
2012-09-30 04:29:32 PM  
2 votes:
You could apply a list like that to any chronic sickness people suffer from. I get stupid comments like those all the time when dealing with asthma.
2012-09-30 10:18:31 PM  
1 votes:

radiobiz: I hate it when people tell me they "get migraines too!" when they don't. "Oh, but just take a couple Advil and you'll be fine!" I could have smacked that lady but I was too busy trying not to vomit all over the drug store counter from the spinning.


Last time someone told me that while I was having a migraine, I just said fark it and let the puke fountain out of my mouth all over them. If there's one thing that gets the message across properly, it's puking.
2012-09-30 09:48:30 PM  
1 votes:

Mikey1969: The ONE thing to say?

"Can I rub your hand?"

Seriously, there's a trigger point that will help 99% of the time, right in the webbing between the thumb and the index finger. You can almost always find a knot in this, but you actually have to be pretty brutal to get this to work. If you pinch the fark out of this knot, and hold it , you will fell it noticeably reduce in size, and within a few minutes, it will be almost completely gone. Oftentimes, my wife will fell her head throbbing, which is a good sign, it means the blood is flowing freely again. Within half an hour or so, the worst of the migraine is gone.

It's a great solution, but like I said, you have to work that thing hardcore... It doesn't help when my wife has the DEFCON 1 migraines, but it's amazing how well it works. Worst part about migraines is identifying the triggers, they could be absolutely anything, it seems that lack of sleep is a pretty common factor for her. Luckily we haven't had to try an elimination diet, that shiat can take forever, trying to nail downa specific food item that causes them.


Again, it's different for everyone. And believe me when I tell you that every migraineur has tried everything they've ever heard of, even stupid-sounding things. The misery is so excruciating that I would have happily thrust a wet finger into a light socket, had I any notion that it might possibly help. The trick you describe did help me, a little, sometimes, for a bit; not enough to make any meaningful difference. What also 'helped' for me was deliberately inducing an ice cream headache: while normally painful, under migraine it provided a few blessed seconds of relief -- only a few, but the relief was like an orgasm.

This "99%" crap is just that, I'm sorry. I'm happy for those it helps, really. But it didn't help me, and if it really did help 99% of the time, we'd all know about it. Hell, someone would have gotten a Nobel for it by now. I'd whittle it for them myself. With my teeth.
2012-09-30 09:21:40 PM  
1 votes:
Also the twelve things not to say to someone who has ulcerative colitis/Crohn's.
2012-09-30 08:24:22 PM  
1 votes:
8. It's just a headache.

My mother suffers from chronic cluster headaches. As a result and until the start of this year, I've had to help care for her for over fifteen years. When people hear she has cluster headaches, there is sympathy, but people always want to mention having migraines and therefore having some experience with this. But I understand the need to relate and lack of knowledge about the condition. What I cannot stand is the apparent dismissiveness some folks have towards this. A migraine once a year is nothing, and when you come into work complaining of a migraine but mean a bad headache I want to hit you.

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.

One of, but the above has been considered the worst in the medical field. Not taking anything away from sufferers of chronic migraines which are disabling, just laying some perspective.
2012-09-30 08:05:00 PM  
1 votes:

enik: You could apply a list like that to any chronic sickness people suffer from. I get stupid comments like those all the time when dealing with asthma.


Except that people recognize asthma as an actual affliction, while they still think migraines are "just headaches", and since we've all had headaches and lived through them, they pretty much act like migraine sufferers are just making it all up at the worst, or at the least are massive drama queens...
2012-09-30 08:00:20 PM  
1 votes:

RivenSilver: The best thing you can say to them is "Here's some LSD."


Yea... that and mushrooms. Despite the fact that both are easily available I just cannot bring myself to try it out when I have a migraine. The thought of being trapped in a psychedelic migraine hell is just too much.. I already pray for death when I have a migraine.
kth
2012-09-30 06:22:43 PM  
1 votes:
I've had them for 28 years, and heard all of that.

The worst is the "have you tried..." Yes, I've tried your random thing you just read about in reader's digest, if it worked, I'd not be writhing in pain right now.

and

"Yours must not be so bad if you're here at work" No, it's not that mine aren't that bad, it is that as an adult I sometimes have to suck it up and do things anyway.

Cheese eating surrender monkey: enik: You could apply a list like that to any chronic sickness people suffer from. I get stupid comments like those all the time when dealing with asthma.

I get chronic migraines and the stupid questions stopped the day I puked on a co-worker.


I think I love you. I've fantasized about doing just that.
2012-09-30 05:59:50 PM  
1 votes:
DRTFA, but is there something in there similar to "Here, you HAVE to try this magic powder/gel/cream I buy from this guy in Timbuktu online! Seriously! I've NEVER BEEN SICK since I started using it! And it only costs $50 a month!"?

Because I farking hate those people.
2012-09-30 05:34:51 PM  
1 votes:
The weirdest migraine I had occurred while I was teaching a writing class. I couldn't see things in the center of my field of vision (previous migraines had affected my peripheral vision). The brain does its best to compensate for things it can't see, but when I needed actual details from the blind spots (like, words on a page), my brain couldn't supply the answers. I called on students to read things off the overhead (since I could no longer read them), then I ended class slightly early. I hadn't experienced a migraine in about 5 years, but fortunately I recognized the bizarre symptoms. I consider myself lucky that migraines don't manifest with pain for me, but they're definitely debilitating.

/Migraines are weird and manifest differently for different people.
2012-09-30 05:26:06 PM  
1 votes:

Tiberius Gracchus: "Stop whining; you're not the first person to get a headache, and you won't be the last."


This statement pisses me off the most when someone gives me crap for having a migraine. Lemme take this baseball bat and pound your head with it for the next 6 hours and see if you'll say that again. I'm just glad mine aren't as common as they were a few years ago. I get one a month now compared to the 2-3 a week I used to get, and as long as I don't get the one migraine that sent me to the ER again I can deal with this.
2012-09-30 05:08:47 PM  
1 votes:
I got my own mess of problems so I can feel where this author is coming from.... but... there's some grade a whining and exaggerating going on in that article. "NO ONE HAS IT WORSE THEN ME!" .
2012-09-30 05:06:31 PM  
1 votes:

Fabric_Man: The best thing to say is nothing. Just gently usher them into a dark, quiet room with their medicine (if any), and let them ride it out.


This comment is more intelligently-written than that entire article.

Chronic migraines definitely suck, and they're not all genetic. Mine are caused by a non-cancerous lesion in my brain that came from an injury. For the brain surgeons who care, it's in the left frontal lobe in front of and a little above Broca's area.

After a lot of treatment, I'm down to about one migraine a month (a few years ago, it was one a week).
2012-09-30 04:48:30 PM  
1 votes:

HotIgneous Intruder: How about, "HAVE MORE DIET COKE AND COFFEE!"

/Never have met a person who had migraines who also wasn't also a caffeine and/or soda addict.


i don't know anything about medicine, but I wouldn't be surprised to hear that caffeine helps migraine sufferers. it helps absolutely everything else.

/ increases breathing and blood flow. also good for people who are having trouble breathing.
2012-09-30 04:45:55 PM  
1 votes:
This disorder is crippling. I've seen professionals accuse people of being drug addicts over it. I've only had a couple and they were terrifying.
2012-09-30 04:45:03 PM  
1 votes:
How about, "HAVE MORE DIET COKE AND COFFEE!"

/Never have met a person who had migraines who also wasn't also a caffeine and/or soda addict.
2012-09-30 04:33:50 PM  
1 votes:
What about silently handing them a coke and then getting the fark away?
 
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