Tuesday, June 23, 2009

5 Tips for Communicating with Your Doctor When Migraines Steal Your Words


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When you are experiencing a migraine or recovering from one it can be difficult to express yourself as well as you ordinarily would. Finding the right words can be challenging and sometimes your brain just doesn't move as fast as it normally would. Even though most doctors know this can be a problem, when they are busy and distracted it might not occur to them to give you some extra time and attention.

Here are some tips for working around migraine-related communication difficulties when you see your doctor.

1. Prepare a list of questions and concerns in advance.

2. Bring at least two copies of your list to the appointment: one for you and one for the doctor.

3. Bring a trusted friend or family member to help make sure you get all your questions answered and concerns addressed.

4. State up front that you are having a migraine or recovering from one and having more trouble than usual expressing yourself.

5. Take notes during the appointment in case you have trouble remembering what the doctor said.

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