Migraine Awareness Month #5: “Do That to Me One More Time”
AND NOW, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO —- THE HIGHLY CELEBRATED, MOST RELIABLE, AND BEST KNOWN MIGRAINE TREATMENT KNOWN TO MAN:
THE WORLD OVER!!!
HOLD ONTO YOUR SEATS, FOLKS…
RESTRAIN YOUR CHILDREN…
THOSE WITH HEART CONDITIONS MAY NEED TO LEAVE NOW…
I’d like to say that my two go-to migraine treatments work all the time. I’d also like to dazzle and amaze you with my wonderful feats of relief and good news that I always do so well in my prevention and treatment of my migraines…
But, in truth, I cannot.
You see, my migraines have not gotten better over the years; they also have not become any easier to treat, either. (In fact, they are much harder to treat now, and sometimes last much longer than before.) They are tougher – but you know what? So am I… Here goes – this is what I usually do, almost every time:
ü Once I realize and can be sure that the next migraine storm is coming, I try to decide whether or not I can sleep, hot soak, or massage it away. This method is not without its problems: if I wait too long… well, you know; if I take a triptan right away and could’ve actually gotten better without it, I just “wasted” a $31.00 pill. I also worry about rebound. …So, “deciding” is always my tried-and-true “first thing”.
ü My next step is actually one of the “comfort measures” you asked about. If a non-pill-invasive way looks like it’s not going to work – or if I really have waited too long (baaaadddd newwwwwwssss…) – I will go right to the triptan, usually Zomig or Relpax and pray that I really didn’t wait that long.
ü Since I always try to avoid my bed during any kind of sickness (being isolated in bed scares the little kid in me and I end up feeling even sicker & more feeble), my go-to place is my sofa. You may have heard me mention this before, but it really does bear repeating: laying my head over the stuffed, but firm arm of my sofa seems to cut off a little blood-flow or nerve-signal drama. I get a pleasing/tingly/slightly numb feeling that definitely agrees with my headache and neck pain and works with the triptan to hopefully restore me to normal (whatever that is!). Note: if the migraine really is mild (this unfortunately doesn’t work very often since most of my headaches aren’t ever that tame), just lying this way with my giant, pulsating head draped ever-so-provocatively over my sofa’s brave right arm will nip the migraine monster right in the bud (so to speak…).
Well, there they are. These are the comfort measures that I almost always use/need/have-to-have.
******* Thank you, Captain & Tenille, for helping me with this one *********
National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation. The Blogger’s Challenge is initiated by www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com