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Traveling and Migraines

Would love to know how do my fellow migraineurs go on long hauls. I’ve recently started dreading taking flights. But unfortunately it’s not an option for me and I have an upcoming long haul next month.

So looking to know what others are doing to stay migraine/headache free on a flight.

  1. For several years I was a frequent traveller and after something like 80% of all intercontinental flights I had a migraine attack. 100mg Sumatriptan, if taken soon enough were the best remedy I found.
    Trying to hydrate and sleep as much as possible during the flights in order to avoid it didn't really work - maybe the 20% success rate is just that.

    1. thank you for sharing this. I’m currently looking for the right medical provider.
      Hoping they can prescribe me some meds!


    2. Thank you for sharing your tips with us! How are you doing today? Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Leader/Moderator Migraine.com Team


  2. Thank you for reaching out with your question. It's a really good one.

    I flew recently and forgot to use my WeatherX earplugs as I haven't needed them before. Well this time I should have had them. The day after my flight I was in bed with a bad migraine and missed a day of meetings. Let me share information with you on these earplugs https://www.weatherx.com/. The help with changes in the barometric pressure and some of us have found using them on flights is beneficial as well.
    In addition, here are a few articles that have lots of good information;

    https://migraine.com/living-migraine/tips-air-travel-part-i-before-flight
    https://migraine.com/living-migraine/tips-air-travel-part-ii-in-air
    https://migraine.com/blog/annoyances-on-the-airplane
    https://migraine.com/living-migraine/noise-cancelling-headphones-ftw-win

    Let me know what you think and I hope you have a low pain day, Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Leader/Moderator Migraine.com Team

    1. Hi again- do any of these work for you:

    2. Hi! Just the ice packs. That’s what helps me sail through. Taking too many anti inflammatories on flight makes me nauseous. Wearing headsets unfortunately makes it worse 🙁


  3. I use the Weatherx earplugs, and they do help me since one of my primary triggers is changes in barometric pressure. I still end up needing to take medication during or after the flight. I have chronic migraine and many triggers. I hope you can find a provider that can help you find better medication to treat these migraine attacks.

    https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/find-a-doctor/
    Peggy - Migraine.com team


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