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My Migraine Christmas List- What I Really Want!

My Migraine Christmas List- What I Really Want!

This year I am releasing for public viewing my Migraine Christmas list. It has been a rough year as migraines go and I have been working hard on my list to see if we can score some cool things that might just help 2018 be a bit better in that realm. I love Christmas and all the sights and sounds and smells… usually, this year is a bit different. I find that I am overwhelmed and some of the smells are getting to me. I find that I have no energy and that the tediousness of living daily with Chronic Migraine has dampened my festive spirits. So I am hoping that my list will help brighten someone’s day!

Migraine tools and gifts

  1. Migraine Glasses: I have regular sunglasses that I pretty much wear EVERYWHERE! Our Pastor at church even knows when I am in a migraine storm because I walk in with the shades on, but these are supposed to really help with migraines. I hear they really help.
  1. Cooling Pillow: I am tired of always changing out my ice cap or pack… I get so hot at night and wonder if that has anything to do with waking up with a migraine. I am forever turning my pillow over to get the cool part onto my head and neck, but if I had a cooling pillow, I think my problems would be solved!
  1. Ice Cap: These are the greatest invention EVER! My problem is that I only have 1 of them and I really need two for when the one gets warm, so Santa is getting a request for another one! I love it because the packs are removable and you get ice all over and onto neck!
  1. Aromatherapy Oils and Diffuser: Being very sensitive to certain smells, we have to be careful with our essential oils. However, there are several that are very good for migraines. I am not a huge fan of lavender, but I will tolerate it in small doses, if it relieves my pain! I do love the smell of pine though; it is one that I can tolerate! As in Christmas trees!
  1. IPAD or Tablet: This would really help me with being able to have a portable migraine tracker and medicine log, along with relaxation music and, well, LIFE…. without the hassle of a laptop.
  1. Home Grocery Delivery: Many stores are going with a home grocery delivery service for their customers. I am one of the minority of women out there that HATES to shop! The lights and loud noises are horrible. The colors and crowds cause me to get really overwhelmed. On a day when all I feel like is eggs and toast and I am out of both eggs and bread, it would be so nice to be able to just order them up and POOF they are at my door!
  1. Massage/Day at the Spa: We regularly need massage! Totally helps! Some massage Spas actually offer a membership (I am shooting big on this one Santa). I would take a day at the Spa if that was ok! Relax the muscles of the head and neck and shoulders and move on down! Nothing better!
  1. Acupressure or Acupuncture: I have to admit I have never tried acupuncture before, but I am will to try anything at this point if it will help these migraines! I have heard that both are very effective for migraines.
  1. Home Meal Delivery: One step up from Grocery Delivery, meal delivery! Some are just ingredients that need to be prepared and others are already put together… I think I would choose one that was already put together. They all have the ability to be adapted for dietary restrictions such as lactose free, gluten free, etc.!
  1. House Cleaning Service: (Told you I was going big this year) I have a hard enough time doing the normal things like getting out of bed, getting dressed and functioning, without the added energy to try to clean an entire house. What a great gift, even if it were only every other week to come and do the hard stuff!
  1. To be able to do all my favorite Christmas activities: I love to bake! I love to go driving and look at all the Christmas lights and listen to Christmas music. (OK we will do that one). I love to decorate the house and be with friends and family for the holidays… I do not like to be stuck in my room or beg off of invitations because of a migraine. I love to worship at Church. I have a whole list, that every year gets smaller and smaller. I would like it to start getting longer again.

  1. Awareness, Advocacy, Research and a CURE!: There is so little research money spent of one of the top disabling chronic neurological conditions that currently affect the nearly 40 million men, women and children in the US today. It is a very misunderstood condition. “Take some Tylenol” doesn’t cut it! We need to help our families, friends, Congressional Leaders &; Doctors understand what we are dealing with! That is my #1 wish this Christmas!

Stocking stuffers

  • Ear Buds- I wear them to keep noise down when loud
  • Ice packs
  • Relaxation Music
  • Natural soaps
  • Essential Oils
  • Migraine Journal or Tracker
  • Herbal Tea

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  • parmes
    2 years ago

    I usually post comments that are fairly.. Negative, I suppose. But today I really want to gush.
    This year I was heard. I finally got through to the people around me that what I really need for the holidays is just a little understanding and compassion. It was so glorious I wanted to bawl like a baby.
    So this year the theme for me was heat. If I get too cold everything locks up and creaks/grinds together and the pain can be unbearable, climbs up every inch of me until my skin is too tender to touch and my teeth are clenched so tight.. Head and scalp throbbing to the beat of my skin.. Whole room spinning and my stomach joins in. All of this happens in 65 degrees or lower, and it’s been consistently in the 30’s all month (dipping into 20’s at night).
    My mother-in-law waiting anxiously while I opened my gifts, knowing that it wasn’t the oven I’d been requesting for a few years and really hoping I wouldn’t be too upset by this fact (I adore baking and our oven has been broken for 5 years: other priorities you know?). When I instead found a pack of thick 5-pack of videogame themed socks I can wear around the house, thermal longjohns, and HEATED SLIPPERS(!!!!!) I couldn’t keep it in anymore. I started crying. Someone actually heard me! Someone cared! She of course thought I was upset, I never cry or show any kind of emotion really. And I explained to her how happy I was, how much I appreciated her thoughtfulness.
    Here’s the best part though. She went on to say that she WANTED to get my husband and I a gift card for a movie date, but then stopped herself because of our conversations about how light/sound effect me. I am over-the-moon thrilled about this progress.
    And it doesn’t stop there ladies and gents, oh no. Because this was a family gathering and there were 15+ people going in and out of the house, I most certainly had an attack. However, I was also surrounded by people who understood so I just laid down! They didn’t make a big deal out of it!
    I hope everyone else had a good holiday too.

  • Amanda Workman moderator
    2 years ago

    That is definitely great that your family is starting to understand your needs and is being supportive. That is a huge challenge for so many people so I can greatly understand your overwhelming relief when they started showing that they are starting to understand and listen to your needs! I’m glad you had a positive Christmas and hopefully your New Years was just a wonderful!
    Amanda Workman (moderator & contributor)

  • ShakingthePainAway author
    2 years ago

    So happy for you!!!

  • litoria76
    2 years ago

    I could use the same items, especially #1!

  • Douglas
    2 years ago

    First, get two pairs of TheraSpecs- one for indoors and one for outdoors. I actually have a total of 4 pairs now: a pair for work, a pair for home/out, an outdoor pair, and a new outdoor pair in my prescription.
    Second, I cannot agree enough on using Migraine Buddy!!!!

  • Amanda Workman moderator
    2 years ago

    You are definitely correct. The TheraSpecs are very helpful when it comes to managing photophobia.
    Migraine Buddy is also a great option for keeping a record or tracking your migraine information for your specialist. This information can help show any patterns or help show your specialist how severe your case really is at the moment.
    Amanda Workman (moderator & contributor)

  • ShakingthePainAway author
    2 years ago

    Great ideas!!!

  • Ronan
    2 years ago

    I love your list. Thank you.
    I could use the housecleaning service myself. Ellifane, I am going to look into Migraine Buddy. Wonderful present.

    I have a diffuser and I do use incense. Sandlewood incense and pine for the diffuser.

    Happy Holidays to everyone.

  • Amanda Workman moderator
    2 years ago

    Housecleaning could definitely help anybody with chronic migraine! Besides the amount of energy it takes to clean in itself, a lot of the chemicals have smells which can trigger migraines for individuals.
    The migraine buddy app is definitely worth looking into in order to track your migraine days for your doctors.
    I hope you had a great holiday season!
    Amanda Workman (moderator & contributor)

  • Ellifane
    2 years ago

    Oh! I would love a maid too! So, I found this awesome migraine tracker app called Migraine Buddy. The creators do use the info for research towards curing migraines and whatnot. The tracker is intensive, but that could be that I’m going from nothing to something. You can export your reports for your doctor as well, which makes it really worthwhile in my opinion. I thought I should see how many attacks I’m actually getting, because we all know how reliable memory is with pain and Trokendi…and I was surprised how spot on I was…and now I can prove it. 😀 It also helps me track how often I take my Naratriptan and the OTC stuff. It will also help narrow down triggers, for those of us who may not know all of our triggers. I thought I would just share that…now if anyone knows of a free maid service, please let me know. Thanks and Merry Christmas! I hope it’s an attack free one!

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