People have varying motives for giving us their opinions. For the most part, they mean well. It's human nature to try to help when someone doesn't feel well. The problem is a lack of understanding of Migraine and the misconceptions that still flourish.
Too many people still think...
- a Migraine is just a bad headache.
- popping some Tylenol will make a Migraine go away.
- we could control our Migraines if we "quit worrying about things."
There are times when Migraine has us so worn down that we may be tempted to listen to the opinions others offer, and it's possible that in those opinions, there are some valid suggestions. Here are some suggestions for evaluating the opinions and suggestions people offer us:
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- At this point, there's no cure for Migraine disease, so there's no reason to even listen to a "cure" pitch.
- Anyone who offers a treatment with huge success rates, and says there's a conspiracy to keep it away from patients because it would cut into the profits of the pharma companies is a whack job. There are many journalists with mainstream media outlets who would run with that story if it were true. Think about it. That's Pulitzer Prize territory.
- Nothing has "no side effects." Everything has potential side effects and contraindications. Those "natural" products contain herbs and other substances that were our first "drugs," and they're still drugs.
- When in doubt, we can always check with our doctors.
Whether people offer their opinions in terms of our lifestyle, our personality traits, or treatments they think we should try, we have to sort through all of it. In the end, as Steve Jobs said, we can't let the noise of other people's opinions down out our own inner voice. We're Migraine Ninjas, and this is when we must draw on our inner ninja to do what's right for us.