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Living with Migraines: Headache Diary
Migraines. They’ve been a part of my life for over 15 years, so I’ve had a chance to figure out how to incorporate them into my life. The first thing I learned is that it’s crucial to keep a headache diary. Without it, it’s almost impossible to figure out if your migraines are triggered by something in your environment. This journal should include your daily activities, sleep details, stress levels, what you ingested, and changes in the weather. By keeping track, you may be able to figure out a pattern, and that can help you make changes to avoid them in the future.
Living with Migraines: My Migraine Travel Kit
I’ve also found ways to take some of the misery out of migraines. For instance, when I travel I carry a Migraine Travel Kit. to help with the related symptoms I sometimes get. I pack an instant cold pack to help with the head pain, real ginger hard candy for nausea, a reclosable plastic bag in the event I vomit, noise cancelling earbuds for sound sensitivity, a sweater to use as a pillow or to keep warm, and a cooling scarf for cooling and light sensitivity. I also pack protein-rich foods that don’t require refrigeration and a water bottle with a filter so that I can stay hydrated and nourished should my headache go on for more than a few hours. It’s no fun being ill away from home, but having these items can make it a whole lot easier.
I developed this kit because being unprepared meant being miserable for much too long. These inexpensive items take up very little room in my bag but they give me the confidence to know that I don’t have to curl up in a ball and live through the pain. I have the things I need on hand to take care of myself and help turn a stressful situation into one I can deal with. I still hate migraines, but I’m ready for them!
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