Sadly, like so many ailments in life, everyone thinks they have the answer or "cure" that'll magically fix migraines. After more than 30 years of listening to that well-meaning advice, I'm here to tell you there are things people who get migraines are tired of hearing.
I've suffered from migraines for as long as I can remember. In fact, when I was a toddler I complained to my mom that the streetlights were stretching into light shards, causing my eyes to hurt and my ears to ring. As I got older I realized that in times of stress, I would develop migraines that refused to abate until I sat myself down in a dark, cool room, and went to sleep.
Coincidentally, my husband also suffers terribly from migraines. While his are usually brought on from waiting too long between meals, both of us are painfully and acutely aware that it's almost impossible to recover instantly. In fact, it usually takes a solid night's sleep in order to find any sort of migraine relief. Obviously this can ruin a whole day of parenting, and it can be difficult to find a "good night's sleep" because, you know, kids.
When you are in the grips of a migraine you're in pain, vulnerable, and in desperate need of some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, this is usually when well-meaning but infuriating people try to "fix" your migraine, by offering up suggestions that us suffering from migraines would love to never hear again. Like, for example, the following: