It’s difficult to see a loved one in pain. Watching your loved one hurt can leave one feeling helpless. It can be especially difficult when your loved one’s pain is caused by an invisible disease, that despite being common and debilitating, is often misunderstood. With the stigma that many people living with migraine disease face on a daily basis, it’s easy to understand why so many just wish that those closest to them could understand what they are going through.

Migraine affects more than just the person who has it because of the impact it has on their entire life. Migraine affects their ability to work, their relationship with their significant other, and the relationship they have with their children.

If your loved one has migraine disease, it’s important to understand what they’re going through. It’s important to understand migraine, its symptoms, and the treatments of it: What is migraine and what causes it? What can make it worse over time? Are there behaviors associated with having migraine? What can help?

Dr. Deborah Friedman wrote about the difficulties of having a loved one with migraine in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain.

Read the full article: Your Loved One Has Migraines by Deborah I. Friedman, MD, MPH