Do that to me one more time
Today’s Prompt: What comfort measure do you find helps you enough during a Migraine that you go back to it again and again, and how do you use it?
I learned years ago that staying calm and relaxed during a Migraine attack helped lessen my suffering. Even at an 8 or 9 on the pain scale I can stay calm enough to communicate my needs, describe my pain, and advocate for myself. Crying made the pain worse. So did getting angry or feeling sorry for myself. Please don’t misunderstand — I have done all three many, many times in the course of fighting this illness. I just try to save it for when my head doesn’t feel like it’s going to explode.
There is one comfort measure that helps me relax better than all others — heat. I prefer to use neck rolls heated in the microwave. Sometimes I need to use more than one or use it in combination with a heating pad. I even have one that massages the shoulders. They are all over my house, stuffed in this bag or that drawer for quick access any time the need arises. We moved a small microwave into the master bedroom so I could warm one up in the middle of the night without risking the dangers of descending the stairs in the dark blinded by Migraine pain, dizziness, and blind spots.
I never leave home without one and even keep a few at my office. I use it even when I take an abortive medication as the heat is a soothing reminder that complete relief is coming.
National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation.
The Blogger’s Challenge is initiated by www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.