10 things not to say to someone with a migraine

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New hope has been given to people who regularly suffer from migraines.

Clinical trials show how a monthly injection helped neutralise a chemical thought to be behind the severe headaches.

Around half of those involved in the research reported a 50% reduction in the number of attacks.

And while more trials are needed, Newsbeat's been hearing some of worst things you can say to someone with a migraine.

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Stephanie Higgins knows all about them.

''I'd be out for 24 hours. My vision would go hazy and then the headache would begin and I'd be sick every 10 minutes for about seven to 10 hours."

"You can't see, you can't feel, you can't talk properly," she says.

The 27-year-old from Manchester says many people don't know how to support someone who's having a migraine.

But she says there are definitely some things you should avoid saying - and here she explains why.

'I get bad headaches sometimes'

The two are not comparable. Just because you get bad headaches, it doesn't mean they're migraines.

'Take some pain killers, you'll be fine'

Many painkillers don't help those who are having a bad migraine.

'Oh you've just got a headache'

One of the worst things you can say. It sounds like you're not taking it seriously.

'Just put a cold flannel on your head'

Leave it to the sufferer to know how to treat themselves.

'Can you see this?'

Many people lose their vision when they're having a migraine but don't want to prove this to anyone.

'Just come to the party after your migraine'

Unfortunately some migraines can last for days.

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'You've probably got a migraine because you ate that chocolate cake'

Trying to diagnose the cause of a migraine can make people feel guilty.

'You're always cancelling plans'

If people can't make it out because they're having a migraine, it's not their fault so don't make them feel bad.

'Have you tried this? It worked for a friend of mine'

Every case is different, what works for one person may not work with another person.

'You'll feel better after a lie down'

No I won't.

So what should you say and do to support people with a migraine? Here's Stephanie's advice.

Don't make people feel guilty for missing events because they're having a migraine.

Be sympathetic.

Learn how every person who suffers with migraines is different. A migraine sufferer tends to know their own triggers and symptoms.

Leave them alone! A lot of people don't want to be fussed over.

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