Migraine Disease Caregiver Guidelines

Welcome to the First Caregiver’s Guide to Managing Migraine Disease

Having a loved one who deals with a chronic illness can be very challenging. When a loved one is managing multiple diseases, such as arthritis and migraine, at the same time, caregiver support is even more critically important.

While we need more research to better understand how arthritis and migraine and other headache conditions affect each other, we do know that having arthritis in your neck or jaw can affect migraine and headache pain. Some research even suggests that people with migraine may be at an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than people without migraine.

Like arthritis, migraine disease is complicated. It’s not “just a bad headache.” It can be difficult to understand what your loved one is feeling when they experience a migraine attack, to recognize all the ways migraine disease affects them, and to know how to provide comfort when they hurt.

We are eager to launch our first-ever caregiver-focused patient guidelines, which specifically focus on arming caregivers with education and advocacy tools to help their loved ones feel better.

Migraine caregivers need all the help they can get in order to better support loved ones in their journey to achieve a life without the debilitating impact of migraine disease.

In these Migraine Caregiver Guidelines, we educate caregivers about treatment options available to their loved ones to help prevent and manage migraine attacks. We outline steps that caregivers can take to help their loved ones before, during, and after migraine attacks. We offer ways for caregivers to avoid the stress that often comes along with supporting loved ones with a chronic disease.


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Whether your loved one is newly diagnosed with migraine disease or has been living with migraine for a while, this guide — vetted by medical experts, people living with migraine disease, and experienced migraine caregivers — can help improve your awareness and understanding of what they’re going through.

This first edition of our migraine caregiver guidelines has been edited by leading doctors and health care experts. It will be updated and improved regularly as new research and updates on migraine prevention and management become available. It’s also been reviewed by patients with migraine disease to make sure the advice is helpful and relatable.

For a more in-depth look at migraine treatment and management from the patient’s perspective, please review our related resource for migraine patients: Migraine Patient Guidelines. You can find them at ghlf.org/migraineguidelines.

About the Patient Guidelines

If you haven’t had a chance to see our Patient Charter, please take a look. It spells out really clearly, we think, what it means to us to be patient-focused, and it gets at the core of our mission.

Migraine is a complicated disease that can affect many different aspects of patients’ lives. Caregivers can play a critical role in helping migraine patients find the right treatment options and manage the effects of migraine disease on their work, family, and social lives. Caregivers can also help fight migraine stigma, improve understanding about the needs of migraine patients, and advocate for better care.

Remember that every person’s health, concerns, and insurance coverage are unique. While this guide will give you a general overview of migraine treatment options, as a caregiver, it’s important to help your loved one navigate conversations with health care professionals including nurses, physician assistants, doctors, the health insurance company, the medical benefits person at work, and pharmacists to get all your questions answered.

These migraine caregiver guidelines were made possible through the support of Eli Lilly, a global biopharmaceutical company with corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Allergan, a global biopharmaceutical company with corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.

The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. CreakyJoints.org is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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