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Migraines are more than headaches; they’re disruptors of relationships.


These unwelcome guests arrive unannounced, testing the strength of bonds shared with others.

The unpredictability of migraine attacks can lead to cancellations, missed events, or altered plans, causing frustration and disappointment for both the individual experiencing the migraine and their loved ones.

Research demonstrates migraines and other chronic health conditions can significantly impact your relationships with family and loved ones (Leonardi & Raggi, 2019).

But despite the challenges, there is a beacon of hope.


Here are 5 strategies you can action now to combat migraines affecting your relationships:


Effective Communication Strategies: Expressing the nature of these migraines —how they feel, their triggers, and the support needed during an attack—can significantly alleviate misunderstandings (Buse & Lipton, 2008) . Open dialogues foster empathy and help partners, family members, and friends understand the gravity of the situation.

Creating Supportive Networks: Joining or establishing support groups, whether in person or online, can help by sharing and learning from others’ experiences, gain new coping strategies, and receive as well as provide mutual support to those who understand the struggle with migraines. (Rosland & Piette, 2010) .

Stress Management Techniques: Developing tailored stress-reduction practices to aid in minimising migraine intensity can assist in fostering healthier relationships (Estave et al., 2021). Techniques such as mindfulness meditation, regular physical exercise, and deep-breathing exercises can be incredibly beneficial. Additionally, engaging in hobbies or activities that foster relaxation, such as yoga, reading, or spending time in nature, can also help. Establishing a routine that includes these stress management practices to maintain consistency can foster healthier relationships by reducing the impact of migraines on daily life.

Professional Guidance: Working with healthcare providers to create a comprehensive care plan that includes input from loved ones, ensuring everyone is on the same page regarding treatment and daily management. Book a consultation with our experts for personalised treatment for migraine including effective management strategies.

Family Involvement: Research indicates that involving loved ones in the journey of managing migraines leads to better outcomes. Bringing a partner or family member to appointments with healthcare providers can offer invaluable insights. Studies show that a strong support system positively influences the patient’s well-being, potentially leading to a better prognosis (Hartmann et al., 2010).



However, it’s not all about the hurdles.


The journey of managing migraines within relationships also showcases resilience and strength. It’s a testament to the power of empathy and support.

Through strategies like creating migraine-friendly environments, proactive planning, seeking effective treatment for migraine, and offering unwavering support, relationships can weather the storm of migraines.

Take the first step towards reclaiming your life from the clutches of headaches and migraines by booking an appointment with our experts at Brisbane Headache and Migraine clinic on 1800 432 322 or via this link.

Let us support you towards stronger relationships and better migraine management.


  1. Buse, D. C., & Lipton, R. B. (2008). Facilitating communication with patients for improved migraine outcomes. Current pain and headache reports, 12(3), 230–236.
  2. Estave, P. M., Beeghly, S., Anderson, R., Margol, C., Shakir, M., George, G., Berger, A., O’Connell, N., Burch, R., Haas, N., Powers, S. W., Seng, E., Buse, D. C., Lipton, R. B., & Wells, R. E. (2021). Learning the full impact of migraine through patient voices: A qualitative study. Headache, 61(7), 1004–1020.
  3. Hartmann, M., Bäzner, E., Wild, B., Eisler, I., & Herzog, W. (2010). Effects of interventions involving the family in the treatment of adult patients with chronic physical diseases: a meta-analysis. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 79(3), 136-148.
  4. Leonardi, M., & Raggi, A. (2019). A narrative review on the burden of migraine: when the burden is the impact on people’s life. The journal of headache and pain, 20(1), 41.
  5. Rosland, A. M., & Piette, J. D. (2010). Emerging models for mobilizing family support for chronic disease management: a structured review. Chronic illness, 6(1), 7–21.

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