Migraine sucks. They are a neurlogical condition all on their own and so much more than “just” a headache. For real- don’t call a migraine a headache. For me, and many others with migraine, it is a go with symptom of another illness, a whole other disease as a symptom, aren’t we lucky ducks, geez?
My migraines have changed recently. I didn’t used to be sensitive to any light at all, not all people get all of the common migraine symptoms and signs. I am bothered way more by light than I used to be. I can only have the dim lighting now and changes in lighting are often a trigger for me.
I almost always get auras now, while before I only got them before the multi day episodes.
The changes in my migraines have prompted some updates to my migraine relief toolbox. I’m not having much consistent luck with any meds, prevention or rescue, so this toolbox is of utmost importance.
You can read an earlier blog I wrote about my migraine toolbox here. My Migraine Arsenal.
Now, on to the updates:
1. Water- hydration has always been an important tool, and I have no idea why this helps, but it does. Drink as much water as you can as quickly as you can, then keep sipping it. This is best before it hits full blast.
2. Strap ice to your head. Don’t laugh. I’m still working on finding a way to do this without ending up with a wet pillow when the ice melts or the gel pack becomes thawed and clammy. I refuse to pay the ridiculous amount of money those migraine hats cost. But ice is so helpful, and if it’s strapped to your head, you can move around without worrying about it falling off.
3. Alternate hot and cold for relief. Have an ice pack for your neck and your feet in warm water, no more than 15 minutes, and don’t let it get too hot or you’ll end up with muscle spasms instead of any tension relief.
4. This little device I purchased on a whim with a gift card. Aculief It’s a wearable, on your non dominant hand, pressure point device that has taken the stress edge off some migraines, and for me, helps control the nausea much better.
5. Spotify– There are so many soothing playlists available, and music drowns out all the noise around you and can help speed up relief.
6. This fan I got from Walmart at the beginning of the summer. It recharges like a phone, is small enough to be portable, and is surprisingly powerful. I’m prone to intense hot flashes during a migraine cycle and I’m convinced circulating air promotes healing. USB rechargeable fan
7. Nature’s Truth Lavender Oil – I’ve long been a fan of peppermint oil and lavender has the same benefits. The lovely smell is nice because things can smell gross during a migraine. This is my favorite brand.
8. A travel pillow. They are smaller than a regular pillow and can be folded and scrunched into just about any angle better than regular non travel pillows, which I like better than those u shaped neck pillows that don’t have much give and are of no use anywhere but at your neck. Plus there are all kinds of cute cases available. Comfort is key during a migraine.
There you have it- my new migraine relief tools. Which are your faves? Do you have any to add? Let me know. Stay blessed and I wish you all migraine free days.