I never thought that I would be blogging about my migraines. I started getting them when I was young and I felt really alone in my struggle but since I started blogging I’ve found so many who can relate to my story. I hate that there are so many men and women struggling with migraines but it does help me to know that I’m not alone and there are a few things that can help.
Over the years I have come up with a list of essentials that I use when I have a migraine or in order to prevent migraines. My number one tip is to always stay hydrated. Everyone has their own migraines triggers but dehydration seems to be a very common one. I drink a ton of water everyday in order to make sure that I am hydrated. Being hydrated is the number one rule for me for my migraine prevention.
Here are six essentials that I have found work for me when I have a migraine.
- Headache Hat – This is basically an ice pack that wraps around your head and has velcro straps so that you can adjust the pressure. Basically it’s the best invention ever. You can buy one on Amazon for $40 and it’s worth every penny. I am also known to tie ice packs around my head with a scarf. It’s not the best look but it works!
- Electrolyte water or supplement – Like I said, hydration is key. But when I get a migraine I don’t want to do anything and that includes drinking water. I always keep a big bottle of electrolyte water in the fridge along with a Gatorade so that I can quickly hydrate during a migraine. You can also buy electrolyte packets to add to normal water.
- Blackout curtains – I am very sensitive to light on a normal day to day basis. When I have a migraine my sensitivity is even worse. We have blackout curtains in our bedroom so that no matter what time of day it is I can curl up in bed and try to rest. I also sleep on the couch in the basement when I’m in a lot of pain because it’s dark, cold, comfy, and quiet.
- Caffeine – This is a tricky one and can kind of work differently for everyone. I don’t drink coffee and the tea I do drink has very little caffeine. When I have a migraine I like to grab a coke/pepsi for a quick dose of caffeine. I have found the Excedrin Migraine doesn’t work for me and this method does.
- Ice roller – My neck tends to get really stiff during a migraine. I had physical therapy for my migraines so I know a few stretches that can help. But what helps more is having this ice roller ready to go in the freezer to roll over my neck and forehead. It feels so nice!
- Comfy Clothes – This sounds ridiculous but when I have a migraine I am looking for something to provide comfort. Putting on my favorite pair of pajamas or sweatpants automatically makes me feel better. Comfy clothes don’t make the pain go away but they make it feel more bearable than being in pain and wearing jeans, for example.
What are your migraine essentials?
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5 thoughts on “6 Migraine Essentials”
Thanks for sharing this! I am always looking for new tips to help when I get a migraine!
-super stoked to invest in a migraine hat! i’ve told so many people about it!
-i typically drink water during migraines, but every now and then will have someone bring me a powerade
-i’m sure blackout curtains are super helpful! finding a dark spot to lay down is imperative, but I don’t like blackout curtains for migraine-free days, so I don’t think I could ever invest in them
-never heard of an ice roller, but it sounds wonderful!
Do you take any medication for your migraines?
I’m hopeful that the migraine hat will help you! It’s been a complete game changer for me. We have blackout curtains and blinds in our bedroom so most of the time the curtains are open and the blinds are closed so that it’s not completely dark in our room. 🙂
I do take medication for my migraines. I take a preventative everyday to help control my migraines. I still haven’t found the perfect preventative yet but I’ve tried a few. It’s important to find a neurologist that you trust. I also have medication for if my migraines are intolerable. These make me sleepy though and some hurt my stomach. I try not to take them very often. I hate relying on medication but when you are dealing with this amount of pain all the time there seems to be no other way.
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I don’t have the constant headaches but I do often have self-induced hangovers so I needed these tips for those days. Looking into that helmet hat now. Thank you!
Hangovers are no joke! I bet all of these would work well for that too 🙂
Yes! You taught me that caffeine is a savior 🙂
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