What's In Your Toolbox? Migraine-Friendly Products
With an often overwhelming array of “products” that either claim to help migraine or make life more manageable, it can be hard to know where to start. In fact, it’s easy to throw our hands up and say, “This is simply too much” and end up relying only on pharmaceutical options.
Taking control of migraine
However, with a disease that takes so much away from us, retaining (or regaining) that locus of control is crucial. Taking back control of the things that we can is EMPOWERING! One of the ways we can do that is by courageously exploring options that may be helpful to us. This is especially true until that much-longed-for day comes when a miracle happens and a cure for migraine is discovered.
Overwhelmed by all of the options?
It’s not surprising that there are endless products offered to help us.
Migraine's many symptoms
After all, we live with a disease which includes a wide array of symptoms besides head pain such as nausea, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, allodynia, dizziness, fatigue, and neck pain. Each one of these opens the door to creativity when it comes to a toolbox approach to migraine management.Migraine's many triggersOn top of that, individual migraine attacks can be triggered by light, sound, hormones, smells, weather, food, sleep, and exercise, to name just a few. Again, each one of these increases the opportunity for non-pharmaceutical options to help with management.Migraine products and alternative treatmentsTheoretically, there could be a place in YOUR toolbox for something from each one of the following categories – maybe more than one! In addition, one of the best things about all these products is that they integrate well with alternative treatments. Adding some of these to your toolbox in addition to acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, lifestyle adjustments, and pharmaceutical treatments can often make a very real difference. A difference that can impact pain frequency, the severity of attacks, anxiety, sleep, or just simple comfort while living with a disease that robs so many of so much.Tips for exploring migraine-friendly productsAs you look through the categories below, here are some tips that may be helpful to you:Take one step at a time. Slowly, slowly is the name of the game!Ask others for feedback on what helps them. However…Bear in mind that everyone is different and what helps one person may make another worse.Try things to see if they help. If they don’t, consider passing them on to a friend to try!Don’t give up too soon! Not only are we all different, but our individual attacks can be varied too.Finally, whenever possible, look at the return policy before purchasing to see if a product can be returned for a refund if necessary!
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