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Headache wrap ice pack?

  • By lmlahlum

    I discovered long ago that ice packs would take the edge off a really bad migraine, at least until medication can kick in.

    But I need to be up and doing while wearing one. I jury rigged a wrap years back attaching together 2 velcro-on wrist wraps to approximate the circumference of my head. But those 2 old wraps are worn out too. Plus they were prone to falling down abruptly: something that was fitted more to a head shape would be better.

    The ice packs that fit those are long since gone; now I freeze washcloths inside plastic bags (which leaves a lot to be desired: but most ice packs freeze rigid; I’m not sure how to find ones that stay gel-like or flexible) .

    I saw some online but they were very pricey.

    I think it’s time to make one. I can sew. Has anyone found a pattern that works well? Thanks.

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  • By Longfellow 7

    I purchased a hat with pockets along the edge for gel packs that came with it. So far this has worked well for me. The gel packs seem to stay flexible and I can use my hands to do other things and thus distract myself from my symptoms. The main problem with it is that the instructions warn me not to leave it on for more than 20 minutes. Someone must be in a fantasy as the gel doesn’t stay cold for 20 minutes. I do get some relief with it

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    • By lmlahlum

      Even with my jury-rigged system I have to replace the ice packs every so often. I rotate them in and out of the freezer. I am usually wearing mine for hours!

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    • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

      Hi Longfellow 7,

      Good to hear you’ve found something that helps! I am unable to use cold on my head, it irritates it, I’m all about heat!!

      Wishing you a low pain day,
      Nancy

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