3 Ways To Start A Conversation About Migraine

By Marisa Salice, Association of Migraine Disorders (AMD)

Migraine is more than just a headache; it is a complex neurological disease that affects over a billion people worldwide. Despite the prevalence of the disease, the stigma surrounding migraine can make talking about it feel uncomfortable or difficult.

Whether you’re seeking support, trying to educate others, or working to raise awareness, starting a conversation about migraine disease doesn’t have to be difficult.

Here are three easy ways you can start a conversation:

1. The Weather Chat

We all love the classic weather chat. It is the ultimate icebreaker! So, the next time you find yourself gearing up on a Monday morning for some meteorological small talk, sprinkle in some migraine awareness.

Imagine this: You’re checking the weather forecast and notice a big shift is coming, or someone else mentions some upcoming weather changes. Since weather changes can often trigger migraine attacks, that is your cue to jump in with some migraine facts and stats!

“The forecast shows a big storm coming this week. Sometimes changes in air pressure trigger a migraine attack for me.”

Sharing surprising statistics and facts about migraine can help educate others about the prevalence and severity of the disease. You can also discuss common symptoms, triggers, and treatment options to raise awareness and promote understanding.

2. Voice Your Feeling & Needs

“I’ve been dealing with a migraine attack today, it has been really tough on me. I think I am going to need to lie down for a little while in a dark, quiet room.”

Don’t be afraid to voice your feelings and needs openly when you’re around people who make you feel comfortable. This can help your loved ones, friends or coworkers empathize with your experience. Whether you need support, help with a work task or daily chore, or simply someone to listen to your experience, being honest about how migraine is affecting your life can lead to meaningful conversations and reduce stigma.

3. Leverage Social Media

In today’s digital age, social media is one of the go-to locations for spreading awareness about pretty much anything. Why not leverage your online presence to start a conversation about migraine?

Consider sharing a post about your own experiences in a social post. Shades for Migraine is a great platform to start with. You can start by posting a picture of yourself in Shades on June 21 with #ShadesForMigraine.

Check out this video of Donna Kobayaski who shares her unique story with chronic migraine:

Here are a few creators who share their story on Instagram:

Consider reposting an informative article or post about migraine disease. Association of Migraine Disorders and Shades for Migraine post educational content on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok. For more migraine-related organizations, check out our Partner page.

You never know who in your social circle might be affected by migraine and could benefit from hearing about your experience or learning of new resources. Plus, by spotlighting migraine awareness on your feed, you’re helping to dismantle the stigma surrounding this disease.

 

1 in 7 people live with migraine disease. That means nearly everyone knows someone living with migraine. Please join us in raising awareness and showing your support! Participation is easy, post a photo wearing sunglasses to social media on June 21st with #ShadesForMigraine.

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