Patients and Caregivers
Caregiver Support Services
Support for the Support System
If you live with someone or have a close relationship with a person diagnosed with a headache condition, it can be hard to understand what they're feeling and sometimes difficult to recognize all the ways it's affecting them. Since caregivers need all the help they can get, educating yourself and finding a strong support system should be essential parts of your plan.
There are things you can do to help them avoid headache triggers, treat an existing headache and cope with frustration and other negative feelings they may have as they try to find a balance between real life and their headache condition.
Because getting expert treatment is a critical first step in coping with headache, the Diamond Headache Clinic is a smart choice. As the top private headache clinic in the U.S., you can rest assured your loved one or client will receive diagnosis, treatment and after-care that's second to none.
You should expect your loved one to have a thorough examination that includes complete analysis of medical history, lifestyle and current situation. This lengthy diagnostic session occurs on the first visit, and will be key to the long-term understanding of the headache condition.
Doctors may recommend an inpatient treatment plan for acute headache condition, so prepare your loved one for the idea they may be hospitalized for up to 10 days to stabilize their condition. From there, they will participate in outpatient treatment, which is done at our near-northside clinic.
You will play an integral role in the overall success of our approach. As a key influence in the patient's life, they will call upon you frequently to listen and even answer important questions. We recommend the following points to help you give that support:
- Talk to them about specifics of their treatments. Listen for positive and negative feedback, and encourage them to share their satisfaction or concerns with their doctors.
- Encourage them to actively participate in their treatment. If they are receiving acute treatment through our Inpatient Unit, encourage them to actively join in discussions and one-on-one treatment sessions throughout their stay.
- Make sure you understand the treatment plan as clearly as your loved one or client so you can help them properly complete its steps.
Once a treatment plan has been executed, the patient's condition is stabilized and they have moved forward to our after-care program, your role becomes more important than ever. We recommend the following ways to help them keep their condition under control:
- Educate yourself about their specific headache condition. Don't hesitate to ask us for detailed explanations about medical terms, diagnosis, medications and treatments you may not fully understand.
- Understand the triggers for their headache, and help them recognize and avoid those triggers.
- Role model for them. Their after-care program includes proper diet, regular exercise and specific relaxation techniques, all of which you can do, too.
- As in any chronic disorder, our goal is effective treatment to restore the sufferer to normal function.