Wondering How to Treat a Migraine Headache? Start Your Toolkit!
Treating a migraine headache can seem like an overwhelming task. This is especially true if you only worry about how to treat a migraine headache when you have a migraine headache.
In this article I will talk about how to assemble a migraine toolkit and put together a plan of action. You’ll be surprised how efficiently you can treat an attack with a little foresight!
Assembling a migraine headache toolkit is a quick and easy process. That being the case, this will be a quick and easy article.
First Things First
If you have been keeping a good migraine headache journal, then you should have an idea about what works for your migraines and what does not. If you haven’t started a migraine headache journal, then you should start one.
You will hopefully know by now what triggers your migraine headaches. You have likely tried several things that alleviate the pain by now, and you have an idea what works and what does not.
If you haven’t already done so, you may want to try several of these measures together for maximum relief. Whether you are trying several things together or you are just starting to try different treatments, you need to be organized about it.
I get several types of migraine headaches – with and without aura, hemiplegic, etc. – and I find that different measures work on different types of migraines.
Doesn’t it make sense that if you get different types of migraines, or even migraines that have different triggers, then you would need to be equipped and ready to treat any of these different migraines wherever you may be?
Assembling a migraine toolkit will allow you to accomplish this, but where do you start?
The Functions of Lists
Using your migraine headache journal, make a list of treatments that work for you. These include, but are not limited to, the medications that have been prescribed for you by your headache professional. You also want to list any over-the-counter (OTC) medications that you take.
Next make a list of other treatments or measures that you may use. This could include cold therapy, aromatherapy products, acupressure products, or other migraine relief products, like MigraineX Pressure Regulating Devices.
Don’t forget to list things like electrolyte water to keep you hydrated and measures like soft pillows or eye masks to block the light.
I include preventative measure that I use, like the Headache Hammock, ear seeds, and the Relever Tool. Also, list where you keep all the items. I keep these in a drawer in my bedroom.
These lists will not only help you establish your toolkit, they will help you plan what to pack when you go on a trip, and they will be invaluable to your migraine support network.
Organizing You Toolkit
Next, you want to examine your list and make another list of the things that you could literally carry with you to fight your migraines. This list might include rescue medications, OTC medications, aromatherapy sticks (like Migristil Migraine Sick), and other devices that could fit in a small bag that you could keep in a messenger bag or purse.
My mini toolkit contains prescription medications, OTC medications like acetaminophen and naproxen sodium, an Aculief Acupressure Device, Migrastil Migraine Stick, and MigraineX Pressure Regulating Devices.
To keep these things together so that I do not have to search for them and so that I can take them with me where ever I go, I use a small makeup bag that I can either carry alone or in my purse or messenger bag. This is my mini toolkit.
You will want to keep the things that you cannot keep in your purse, like cold therapy, preventative medications, water, pillows etc, in the same places at all times. This not only helps you, but also your support network.
Obviously, you are not going to keep your prescription medications in the freezer with a Headache Hat, but you may have some medications that need to be refrigerated.
You might keep other measures, like ear seeds and a Headache Hammock in a drawer or plastic storage box. The idea is to keep them together so that when a migraine starts, you do not have to try to remember where you used them last.
You may want to make a duplicate kit of things that you use for a migraine in a plastic storage box in your car. You won’t need to duplicate things in your mini toolkit, and you might include things like Ziploc freezer bags to put ice in, electrolyte water, a second eye mask for when you have another driver.
You should keep a list of medications that you take regularly and your doctor’s contact information in your mini toolkit as well as in a toolkit for in your car.
Non-Treatment Related Items for Your Toolkit
In my mini toolkit, I keep my driver’s license, insurance cards and debit card so that I can grab it and go without having to carry my purse or messenger bag.
Other things that you might want to keep in your toolkit are your migraine headache journal or a small notebook or pad to jot down things you need to put in your journal related to your migraines, like the times they start and anything you have eaten or been exposed to that may be triggers.
You will likely want to carry a good pair of dark sunglasses with you when you are out. While they do not necessary need to be kept in your mini toolkit, they should be on your list and you should keep them in the same, easily accessible place so you can use them when needed.
Migraines are a major pain in the butt, but treating them does’t have to be. If you take the time to organize your treatment measures, you will hasten relief. Creating your migraine toolkit can help you to do this.
You can have everything you need right at your fingertips wherever you are. No more putting off activities on a bad weather day because it might get a migraine headache attack. Just grab you mini toolkit and go!
Your lists will also help you determine what you need to take with you when you travel. Migraines don’t hold off because you are taking a vacation, your treatments shouldn’t either.
While it is important for you to know where are your treatment measures are kept, it is also important to share these lists with your support network, so they can help you when a migraine attacks. Doing so can bring you relief much faster.
Let’s Continue the Conversation
I hope that you find the ideas in this article helpful. I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas about migraine toolkits. Please leave them in the comment section below.