We all do a whole lot to manage our migraine disease aside from medication. And medication doesn’t really help me since I am non-responsive to preventatives. So there are a whole lot of things in my toolkit that I utilize to help me manage my daily migraine attacks.
I have more than one thing I use for ice therapy. Use one up and then use another back-up. You need a good 20 minutes of ice therapy for it to lower you on the pain scale. But you may need a second go of it later. Or you may need to wait for freezing time, so I always have backups
IceKap: this one I highly recommend and is my favourite by far since it stays cold the longest and has full head coverage.
Magic Bag: This I use for ice treatment, but also for hot treatment as needed for other pain management. I have this one for my forehead or neck. And then a large one for my chest (fibro chest pains)
And then my 3rd back up is a simple gel ice pack.
These WeatherX earplugs help with adjustments in barometric pressure and come with an app to tell you when to use them. Weather-related migraine attacks are brutal and these help me a great deal.
Allay lamp – green light
You can check out my post on the Allay Lamp. And you can buy it with a discount. The spectrum of green light they use is awesome on migraine photosensitivity. I go into the bedroom turn that one and chill under it for a couple hours and my migraine intensity drops. While under it I do not have that insane light sensitivity. I adore this product. If I have an extremely brutal migraine like I had recently I chill with this for more time but it really helps me. It is just so soothing.
I do various meditations and relaxation breathing for migraine and sometimes I like guided meditation for when I am not feeling well. I do these whether I have a migraine or not to manage stress. And when I have a severe migraine I favour relaxation breathing as it is so much harder to focus on anything. But any other time meditation relaxes me and if I can relax my mind I am less likely to take a downward spiral in my mood due to the pain.
Mindful Meditation for Pain Relief is one I very much enjoy and keep on hand.
For apps my favourite has always been Buddhify
Zok relief device
The Zok relief device is another naturally reducing pressure in the head device, not specifically for changes in barometric pressure, but rather when you get a headache or migraine attack. You simply deflate by pressing the balloon. Press into ear like an ear plug to seal and let it hold there for 20-30 seconds on each ear. That’s that. And I have tried it several times. It Does reduce Migraine pain sometimes and definitely for a headache. I have never had it get rid of it. But it does Reduce the intensity from time to time and it is so simple that, hey, I definitely give it a go because it is just so simple. And when it works it does notch that pain down. I’ll take that.
Migraine FL-41 tinted specs
I have 3 pairs of migraine tinted specs. Different styles and degrees of coverage. They greatly help with photosensitivity. The pair I am featuring here is from Theraspecs and is the Haven style. It helps with working on the computer, florescent lights, sunlight… hell, I wear mine all the damn time frankly. I have a couple pairs without prescriptions because I only need a mild eye script… and one pair with the eye script for when my eyes are tired.
A good migraine balm is great for the forehead, temples, sometimes jaw area and neck, sometimes even shoulders. I use it a Lot. And really I like a balm with a crapton for menthol in it. Super strength if I can get it. And, also cool for my other various pains.
Tiger Balm is one that has Camphor and Menthol that I like because I can get it on Amazon which makes it easier to find.
Battle Balm is the best one I have found so far and has no SLS or parabens in it. And is quite strong at Demon Strength. But I have to order it from the site and it isn’t as cheap so I don’t get it as often. But it is the best I have found. It has a high amount of menthol but also a whole lot of other things in there. And it works for a lot of my pain. So I do love this as a pain balm all around.
I also have a few more milder ones I use from times to time. Hell, I have a collection. Scent wise I am rather careful. No extra fragrances EVER. Battle Balm has a strong scent but it is very menthol/wintergreen scent that I can tolerate. Essential oils or whatever some companies do… not so much. And if they add fillers and scents I may be allergic.
I have written about the Cefaly device. It can used for migraine prevention or for a migraine attack and is the newest addition to my migraine toolkit to manage my migraine disease.
In addition to these there are other things I do for migraine management:
- Take a B complex of vitamins
- Hydrate with water regularly
- Exercise- but this has been compromised by pain and vertigo lately. However, in the past I aimed for 20 min of aerobic exercise 3-4 times a week.
- Wear a hat and sunglasses outside and do not go out during peak heat and light conditions if possible
- Ginger or peppermint tea for nausea. Or ginger candies called gin-gins.
- Epsom salt bath
- Cannabis edibles and CBD cream
- Rest if needed
We all have our ways of managing and coping. It can be tricky when migraine attacks are chronic. We have to do whatever works for us.