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Migraine Disorder Caregiver Tips
During a migraine attack, sufferers are likely to be unable to do even the simplest tasks for themselves. As a caregiver, you have the opportunity to make the experience as bearable as possible, but you should also know when the best thing you can do is to step aside. When someone you love is experiencing a migraine, keep these tips in mind:
- Be on hand and ready to help. Be ready to get medication, water, an ice pack, or anything else the sufferer needs.
- Run interference. The sufferer is likely to be extremely sensitive to light and sound, so you can help by providing a dark, quiet environment. Draw the curtains and keep visitors at bay.
- Know when to stay out of the way. The pain of the migraine is intense, and sometimes the sufferer will simply want to be left alone. Stay close by, but respect your loved one’s need for quiet solitude.
- Don’t take it personally. The pain is also likely to make the sufferer irritable, and she may express frustration with you. Understand that the pain is real, and the frustration is caused by the symptom, not you.
- Learn as much as you can about migraines. It will help you to be empathetic and an effective caregiver.
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