Chronic pain can be depressing. You often feel like you can’t consistently do what you need to do, whether that’s daily tasks like cleaning and cooking, or broader items like socialize and travel. Even when your migraine pain is well managed, the depression and anxiety from the unpredictability of the pain or frustration of its limitations can be draining. Here are a few items to keep in mind.
It’s in your head, but it’s not in your head
You’re predisposed to anxiety/depression if you also have migraines
Tracking your migraine triggers will help track your anxiety and depression
Routine also helps your mental…
Not every attack responds to the same medication. Knowing what to choose can depend on your triggers, what you need to get done that day in “the real world,” and what you have available. Here’s a quick guide to choosing the right medication.
The morning migraine
The work migraine
The hormonal migraine
The bedtime migraine
When all else fails
You woke up with your head screaming, and you’re not alone: 71% of migraine sufferers wake up with a migraine. By this time, it means you’re already passed the early stages, and you need something that hits your bloodstream quick. Doctors can prescribe injectable medications, typically a drug in the Triptan class, for you to use at home. This can seem daunting, but the quick pain relief is worth it. …
Caffeine has been shown to help migraines and to cause them. Knowing your specific tolerance and triggers around caffeine, and keeping your caffeine levels consistent, just as you would with any drug, is the key to keeping your migraine levels at bearable levels.
So does caffeine help or hurt?
Watch for secret caffeine
So does caffeine help or hurt?
Interesting to know: medical uses of caffeine
The short answer is: both. Caffeine has been confirmed to treat migraines, and, when added to a combination of over-the-counter or prescription medication, caffeine has been shown to decrease migraine pain by 40%. Sufferers can have up to 200mg of caffeine per day to combat migraines. However, this level needs to remain consistent, or you may suffer from caffeine withdrawal headaches, which can worsen or mimic migraines. …
Prescriptions work for migraines but can come with uncomfortable side effects. What other treatments exist for those seeking answers outside the normal medical sphere?
There’s massage, and then there’s clinical massage, which is performed by a practitioner familiar with chronic pain and migraines. Examples of clinical massage may be trigger point therapy, craniosacral manipulation on or deep tissue massage. Each of these focuses on specific muscle groups and trigger points known to relieve migraine pain. …
Of course we know Migraine Insight is the best app there is to track Migraine triggers! It’s the most useful tool you can employ to decrease your migraine severity and frequency. But what else is out there to help?
Acupressure: Heal Yourself
Brainwave: 35 Binanural series
Night shift — you already have it!
Acupressure is the idea that manipulating pressure points on the body will relieve migraine tension. Acupressure: Heal Yourself is a collection of 90 pressure points, and how to properly use massage those points to help with migraine pain.
This app works on the idea that specific tones can incite certain brainwaves, which can change the way we perceive pain. Binaural beats are two tones that have similar yet distinctive frequencies. This type of audio meditation has been shown to aid acute migraine pain. …
Sometimes we can predict when a migraine will hit, but we can’t always predict where we’ll be, or how badly our focus and energy will be affected when it does. Because of these unknowns, we want a migraine help bag ready to go so we can grab what we need without needing a sharp brain.
Having a written treatment plan can be a lifesaver when you’re in pain and can’t think straight. Knowing exactly what you need to do for all eventualities will make dealing with migraine pain easier and less stressful. Here’s how to create a plan for yourself.
Work with your doctor on the plan
Have a plan for the whens and wheres
Include preventative care in your plan
Tackle the emotional side, too
Write everything down
No matter what treatment plan you land on, make sure your doctor is on the same page. This will make appointments easier and more efficient because you can evaluate your plan as needed to see what needs updating or changing. …
We’re hoping you’re in-the-know about online support and tools like the great trigger tracking app. But support in real life can just be as important when you’re suffering from migraine pain. Chronic pain can be isolating, and we often miss out on socializing because we don’t feel those without pain can understand what we’re going through. Where can you find this real life support?
Contact local hospitals or specialty clinics
Migraine associations and meetups
Large hospitals or migraine speciality clinics will often have in-person support groups for migraine pain. These may be weekly or monthly groups at the clinic itself. …
Riboflavin, or Vitamin B2, has been a popular migraine treatment over the past couple of years. But does it actually work? And if so, how should you take it?
Staying hydrated has been touted as the miracle cure for many illnesses, with migraines being at the top of the list. There’s conflicting information exactly how much water a migraine sufferer should drink to decrease attacks and pain. How do you know what’s right for you?