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Calling in Sick? Good Conversations about Migraine at Work

Calling in sick with a migraine- prompt with a woman on the phone in the background

An excerpt from the MigraineAgain.com, Calling in Sick? Good Conversations about Migraine at Work,  written by Paula Dumas.


Talking candidly about how to manage a migraine at work is one of the best ways to keep a great employee and a great job.

If you’re the one calling in sick with a migraine, chances are your boss and co-workers understand migraines more than you might think. MRF reports that nearly 1 in 4 households includes someone with a migraine. They may know your pain personally, even if they’ve never felt it physically.

What to say – long version: “I’m sorry I can’t make it into work today. I’ve got a severe migraine, a condition my neurologist has diagnosed. I can’t predict how long it will last, but as soon as I feel better, I will begin to make up my work. In the meantime, someone is covering and/or I’ve notified someone else. When I return to work, I’d like to meet with you on my plan to reduce my migraine frequency in the future.”


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