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In these Migraine Caregiver Guidelines, we educate caregivers about treatment options available to their loved ones to help prevent and manage migraine attacks. We outline steps that caregivers can take to help their loved ones before, during, and after migraine attacks. We offer ways for caregivers to avoid the stress that often comes along with supporting loved ones with a chronic disease.

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Whether your loved one is newly diagnosed with migraine disease or has been living with migraine for a while, this guide — vetted by medical experts, people living with migraine disease, and experienced migraine caregivers — can help improve your awareness and understanding of what they’re going through.

This first edition of our migraine caregiver guidelines has been edited by leading doctors and health care experts. It will be updated and improved regularly as new research and updates on migraine prevention and management become available. It’s also been reviewed by patients with migraine disease to make sure the advice is helpful and relatable.

For a more in-depth look at migraine treatment and management from the patient’s perspective, please review our related resource for migraine patients: Migraine Patient Guidelines. You can find them at

If you haven’t had a chance to see our Patient Charter, please take a look. It spells out really clearly, we think, what it means to us to be patient-focused, and it gets at the core of our mission.

Migraine is a complicated disease that can affect many different aspects of patients’ lives. Caregivers can play a critical role in helping migraine patients find the right treatment options and manage the effects of migraine disease on their work, family, and social lives. Caregivers can also help fight migraine stigma, improve understanding about the needs of migraine patients, and advocate for better care.

Remember that every person’s health, concerns, and insurance coverage are unique. While this guide will give you a general overview of migraine treatment options, as a caregiver, it’s important to help your loved one navigate conversations with health care professionals including nurses, physician assistants, doctors, the health insurance company, the medical benefits person at work, and pharmacists to get all your questions answered.

These migraine caregiver guidelines were made possible through the support of Eli Lilly, a global biopharmaceutical company with corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Allergan, a global biopharmaceutical company with corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.

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About the Editors

Dr. Theodore Fields

Theodore Fields, MD, FACP, is an Attending Rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is the rheumatology medical editor of, the HSS website providing comprehensive education on musculoskeletal disease treatment and prevention for physicians and patients. He is the Clinical Director of the Early Arthritis Initiative at HSS, which focuses on education of patients and physicians about early intervention in inflammatory arthritis. His special clinical interests are rheumatoid arthritis and gout. His most recent publications have focused on clinical aspects of gout and on improving education for patients with gout.

Willa Bryer-Douglas

Willa Bryer-Douglas was diagnosed with gout in 2013. Since then, she has researched the condition thoroughly on credited sources like PubMed or major hospital and medical school websites. She is a member of our CreakyJoints Gout Patient Council and hopes that these patient guidelines can help others living with gout control their disease.

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The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.