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16 Things You Probably Shouldn’t Say To Someone Who Gets Migraines

We know you mean well, but just, no.

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1. "I totally get it; I get headaches, too."

Heads-up: A headache is to a migraine as stubbing your toe is to getting your foot run over by a Zamboni.

2. "Couldn't you just work if you stayed home?"

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Things we can't do when we have a migraine: get out of the fetal position, see through the spots and flashes in our vision, stop throwing up. So, yeah, working would be on the list, too.

3. "Have you tried..."

Yup, we probably have. So, unless you just invented a new migraine treatment, support is preferable to advice.


6. "I know someone whose migraines turned out to be a brain tumor."

Chances are we've been to a doctor to get it checked out, but if you're actually concerned that we haven't, maybe rephrase your concern in a less...terrifying way.


10. "You'll feel better if you get something in your stomach."

There's nothing we'd like more than to be able to keep something down after all this throwing up.