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Helping Others Understand Your Migraine

When you have a migraine, you may get mixed reactions from family and friends. Some may be worried; others may get frustrated. You and your loved ones will benefit if they understand your condition and how best to help, advises the American Council for Headache Education (ACHE). Talk about the headaches and the problems they cause.

The first step is to make sure you are getting appropriate treatment for your migraines. Medication is available to help ease the pain of a migraine. If medication doesn't provide relief, discuss the problem with your health care provider and share your concerns with family and friends.

Communication counts

You may avoid talking about your migraines out of fear of being labeled a complainer. Or you may be reluctant to burden your family by sharing your pain. Keep in mind that miscommunication leads to misunderstanding, which in turn can lead to stress, a common trigger for a migraine, ACHE says.

Try discussing your migraines when you’re not in pain. Tell loved ones what symptoms signal an impending headache (an aura, for example); what happens during your headache (you may be sensitive to light or sounds, or feel nauseated); what you need to help you cope while you have a headache (you may need to lie in a dark room, for instance); what medications you take to help prevent headaches; how long a headache lasts; and how frequently you have a headache. Let them know how they can help—even if it’s just by leaving you alone to rest. Share information from your doctor or articles you have read about migraines so that they can understand the seriousness of your condition.

Encourage your partner, children, and friends to express their worries and ask questions. Children may be afraid that you are going to die of your migraines or that they somehow cause them. Friends and partners may feel neglected, overwhelmed, and unsure how to help. Communicating these fears can help everyone handle your migraines better.

Set rules for these conversations. Avoid language that blames or punishes, and take a break if tempers flare.

Take a team approach

Devise a migraine action plan that your family can be a part of, ACHE says. For example, list household duties that you need help with when you’re dealing with a headache and assign a person to do each. Let your family know that certain signals, such as lying in bed with the shades drawn, mean that you can’t come down for dinner or even talk, and that they should make plans without you.

When you have a migraine, you can feel quite debilitated. But when you’re feeling good, though, you’re probably quite productive. If friends or family are overly helpful or offer unsolicited advice, tell them that you’ve got a treatment plan worked out with your health care provider. It’s good to have help, but when people do too much, it can make you feel less capable.

Most important, be flexible and positive. Migraines may sideline you from time to time, but be sure to schedule a full social and family life for the times you are headache-free.

 

Broward Health North's "Headquarters for Neurological Care" is the only facility of its kind in Broward and Palm Beach counties. For more than 10 years, Broward Health North has offered quality, comprehensive care for a full range of neurological disorders.

Our state-of-the-art technology, complete quality service and our staff of highly trained medical professionals are why we are unparalleled in neurological care.

Our comprehensive neurological services include:

  • Neurosurgery – aneurysm clipping, minimally invasive back/spine surgery, pain control, brain lab, anterior and posterior cervical discectomies, evacuation of subdural or epidural hematoma, VP shunts, craniectomies, stereotactic brain biopsy, craniotomy for tumor resection, vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty
  • Neurology – Research and clinical drug trials, adjunct professors, specially trained neurologists and neurosurgeons. EEG (Electroencephalography), EMG (Electromyography), NCV (Nerve Conduction Velocity) and EPT (Evoked Potential Test)
  • Interventional Neuroradiology – Angiography, aneurysm coiling treatment, angioplasty of cerebral arteries, Carotid stenting
  • Neuroradiology Diagnostics – PET/CT Scan, MRI, MR Angiography, CT, CT Angiography, Carotid Ultrasound, Transcranial Doppler
  • Support Groups and screenings
  • Emergency department services – Adult Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • ...and the Neurological Institute

Neurological Institute: Technology with a Human Touch

The Neurological Institute is a specialized "outpatient" services facility specifically geared toward treating patients with:

The Neurological Institute provides patients with personalized plans of treatment to meet their needs. Since neurological disorders affect the entire family, the Institute also has programs designed to assist family members and caregivers in providing quality care.

Comprehensive Services Provided:

  • Intensive care staff (nationally certified in neurology nursing)
  • Neurodiagnostic laboratory
  • Research in neurological drug trials
  • Neurosurgery
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Outpatient specialty centers

Neurodiagnostic Lab

This advanced diagnostic area is used to determine the cause of neurological problems and to evaluate the patient's recovery.

Diagnostic Procedures include:

  • Electroencephalography (EEG) measures brain waves
  • Electromyography detects neuromuscular and nerve disease
  • Evoked Potential Test assesses the brain sensory, optic and auditory systems
  • Nerve Conduction Velocity detects nerve damage such as carpal tunnel and neuropathy

All diagnostic procedures must be ordered by a physician.

Please call 954-786-7395 or request more information here.