People with migraine tend to be fairly tough, having to deal with high levels of pain and disability on a frequent but unpredictable basis. They often prioritise work, even sacrificing time with family and social activities to make up for work time lost because of migraine. But it can be hard to talk about migraine at work and ask for support. We may risk being penalised, lose opportunities or even lose our jobs.
Instead of seeing people with migraine as a liability, workplaces and schools need to recognise and value their determination and resilience to continue working even with a significant neurological condition. Instead of judging, workplaces and schools would do well to offer accommodations for employees and students with migraine, finding out what each individual needs to work and study most productively. It’s also worth remembering that migraine can be a disabling disease. It’s a human right to work and it’s unlawful to discriminate against people with a disability in the workplace. It’s not only compassionate and advantageous for employers to support workers who are affected by migraine, it’s the law.