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When a migraine is about to hit or is already in full swing, migraineurs may not be able to attend to family chores such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping. So their partners have to pick up the slack. That can put a strain on relationships. A recent survey found that 74% of people with migraines have to cancel plans because of their headaches, and 68% say they disrupt their sex life.

Even if you can’t prevent your migraines (and there are medicines that can help you do that), you can try to plan for the times when they might happen. Migraine pain often starts at predictable times, like before or during a woman’s period or when the weather changes. If you know your triggers, plan ahead. Make dinners in advance so you can microwave them on the nights you won’t feel like cooking. Let your partner know that you may need down time in the next few days. That leaves time for them to plan to take on other family responsibilities, such as picking up the kids from school.

From: Migraines, Headaches, and Relationships WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation press release, "Are Headaches a Family Affair?"

Kathleen Farmer, PsyD, Headache Care Center, Springfield, MO; vice president, Primary Care Network, Springfield.

NOP World/Roper, April 19 - May 14, 2004.

Houle T.  , June 2006.  Headache

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 12, 2018

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation press release, "Are Headaches a Family Affair?"

Kathleen Farmer, PsyD, Headache Care Center, Springfield, MO; vice president, Primary Care Network, Springfield.

NOP World/Roper, April 19 - May 14, 2004.

Houle T.  , June 2006.  Headache

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 12, 2018

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