Community Responses: Top 4 things you could not live without for migraine management
When you know a migraine is looming and about to hit, our Migraine.com community is always gracious and kind enough to share what your must-haves and essentials are to help sooth the pain. When asked what the top four things you could not live without when it comes to migraine management, these were the combined top responses you provided.
#1 Medication/Treatment (Cefaly device, occipital nerve block, biofeedback,Topamax, Cambia, Imitrex, Botox, Relpax, Zomig, steroids, Excederin, Maxalt, Reglan, Zofran, Sumatriptan, Stadol NS, Keppra, sleep aids, Naproxen, Benadryl, Xanax, Compazine, antacids, Floricet, sleep aids…to name just a few)
#2 Sunglasses (darkened & TheraSpecs)
#3 Ice and heat packs (over the forehead, behind the neck, shoulders and head)
#4 Help and support (spouse, family, etc.)
Furry companions by your side – Thank you for sharing Jill! (Facebook member) He sure is super cute!
Laying down in a dark, cool and silent room (black-out curtains or shades)
Sleep (with eye mask)
Noise cancelling earplugs
Staying hydrated (ice water)
Taking a shower or bath
Watching TV (on low volume)
Supplements (magnesium & butterbur)
Hats, sun visor or anything to provide shade
One of our members, Kristin, added a very important remark that I wanted to share to serve as a reminder to our community: “Probably I should add a fifth, actually the voice that tells me none of this is my fault and I don’t need to add insult to injury by being abusive to myself with negative self-talk about what I can no longer do. That’s 5 sorry, but the mental is very, very important for me too. And something that I am constantly working on.” Thank you for adding this comment Kristin! It is such an important point to address as maintaining an emotional balance during a migraine attack is extremely challenging, yet imperative to try and do.
Thank you to all the community members that took the time to share your comments. Your feedback, continued contribution and engagement is what makes Migraine.com so invaluable!
Please be sure to share what your top 4 must-haves are for pain management during a migraine in the comments below.