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Migraine Ice Thread

Ice (or the cold) can be used to treat migraines, and while it doesn't work for everyone, for some (including me) it can drastically weaken (not stop/kill) a migraine attack.

This is usually done by applying a very cold surface to the area(s) of pain for a proloned period of time.

So, what are your experiences with this? Do you use ice or cold showers/baths? What specific ice packs or products do you use/recommend? Feel free to share anything related to ice and migraines in this thread.

  1. ice/cooling therapy can be a real lifesaver for many of us. My husband has several of the very large gel ice packs that he uses during an attack. He will sleep with them over his head and on the back of his head, neck, and shoulders. It works well in combination with other therapy methods he uses such as abortives and mindful meditation. He has a couple of ice hats too, but he just doesn't seem to get the same relief from them as going old school and using the large gel ice packs. I can't even recall the names of the ice hats, but I know there is quite a variety for sale out there ranging in price from $20 to upwards of $500 for a super fancy one like the ThermaZone Machine. I know more people will chime in on this thread and give their ice/cooling therapy experiences! Warmly, Cheryl team

    1. - I seen people jump in ice-cold waters or enjoy freezing showers for therapeutic recourse, but since being put in a cold bath after a leg injury in college, I am literally too traumatized to ever enjoy this again. So I've used a Flexikold gel neck pack for years. The gel pad wraps comfortably around the entire neck and gives such great relief. I also have a rectangular one that at times I roll up and put under my occipital area when lying down on the couch to aid in the relief of migraines (as well as my swollen knee or elbow at times). I've tried cold caps but as stated referring to her husband, these haven't been helpful to me and provide minimal aid. But to some, they are very helpful. Here's a link to an article giving a few different choices. Cheers to decreasing pain! Rebecca (comm advc)

      1. I currently use a very basic ice "sack" that I put in the refrigerator and then take out when I need to apply it.

        1. Such a good question you've posted here. I wanted to share this video (and the great community discussion that followed) on the topic of hot and cold therapy for migraine. A lot is shared regarding various approaches on this front: I personally LOVE ice therapy and use cold packs and biofreeze on a daily basis. Thanks for the post! Warmly, Holly ( team).

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