If you’ve had a migraine then you know the world stops, it’s time to go home, take a migraine medicine, and go to sleep.
This can be frustrating when you have plans or an activity you’ve been looking forward to for some time.
I was diagnosed with chronic migraine in 2014, i was constantly nauseous, sensitive to lights and sound, and genuinely felt like my head was going to explode.
As i also have sever anxiety (generalized & social – ontop of the medications i am prescribed i also help manage it naturally) the neurologist thinks these two are intertwined to a degree as migraines and/or headaches are common when one suffers from an anxiety disorder.
It has been suggested that Botox along certain areas around the head can help combat migraines. However these shots aren’t covered by my health insurance and are roughly $800-$1,000 oh and did i mention that would be every 3 months. Needless to say since i am a freelance writer and not a drug dealer there will be no botox.
Friends usually dont understand, they think it is just a headache and your exaggeration just being a drama queen. I can assure you, if someone you know has a migraine it feels like their head is in a vice grip so cut em’ some slack.
I have a few rituals i try before i decide to get carted off to the emergency room for a Toradol shot. I am not a doctor (unless WebMd would count jk) and we are all different so what helps me may not help you.
After i have taken my Relpax, Imitrex, or Rizatriptan i will do one of the following before the med KO’s me:
□ Try meditation for 10 minutes. I know it is hard but close your eyes, don’t think, not about the pain, unicorns, or Robert Downey Jr – nothing! Let any thought leave your mind.
□ Take a warm bath or shower. (I like baths with a Lush bath bomb (the Ickle Bot bomb is my go to for a migraine & anxiety because it contains lavender essential oil)
□ Ask a family member, significant other, or roommate to gently massage your neck and shoulders.
□ Apply lavender essential oil to the bottoms of your feet before you lay down to rest off the meds.