When one person gets a headache, the family may feel the pain, a new survey shows.
The results show that headaches often run in families, with effects rippling through the family like waves on a stone-struck pond.
The survey included the statement, “I am unable to tend to household chores (cleaning, grocery shopping, making meals, etc.” because of headaches.
More than six out of 10 participants agreed with that line.
Many family members pitched in when headaches struck. Nearly two-thirds of participants said that when they had a headache, their spouse or significant other covered more household duties or parenting responsibilities.
Many participants expressed guilt about how their headaches affected their families.
Asked if they felt that their partner and/or children “feel neglected” during participants’ headaches, two-thirds said yes.
Asked if they felt “guilty” during headaches about being “unable to spend time” with their partner and/or children, more than eight out of 10 said yes.
Slightly more than half of participants said they felt that their family didn’t understand their headache condition. But more than half said their spouse/significant other understood their headache-related issues and needs.
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