Feb 11 2013

How Not to Handle Migraines

I mentioned in my post last week on migraines that there would be a carnival on pet peeves this week. It’s up now for those of you who found something of value in my post. Really, though, anyone who has a migraineur or two in their lives might find the carnival worthwhile. There are a certain number of commonalities in the kinds of statements that set people off.


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    One of my pet peeves is people who say that migraines are [i]the worst headache you’ve ever had in your life[/i] with the implication that if it’s not that bad, it’s not a migraine, just an ordinary headache, so take some aspirin and quit your whining.

    The truth is that some people get headaches that are migraines … just not as bad … yet are treatable and preventable with the same sorts of attention to triggers and medications. And wine doesn’t have to be the “cheap stuff” to cause a headache.

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    Ben Zvan

    And then there are the people who get cluster headaches and say the same thing to people who get migraines.

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    Ben I’m sure some people who get migraines say the same about cluster headache sufferers.
    Wine doesn’t have to be the cheap stuff to cause nausea either. Maybe that’s a connection…

    I don’t get headaches often or bad enough to really have pet peeves about that, but I don’t like talking about other people’s chronic medical issues for the same reason Stephanie doesn’t like people starting conversation with her about headaches.

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