How many of us have freezers with more ice packs than food? A lot of us migrainey people use ice/heat as the first line of defense when we feel a migraine beginning. I know I have gone through countless ice packs. Personally, very cold ice …
Tag: chronic migraine
It’s the 7th anniversary of my sinus surgery for chronic sinusitis. After a course of antibiotics for a sinus infection, I still had symptoms and was sent to the ER. This was the first time a chronic illness changed my life. This surgery took place after four months of constant sinus infections and pain. So many specialist appointments and trying to pinpoint my allergies. So many rounds of antibiotics and steroids.
Years later, we came to the conclusion that my allergies will never be well controlled, and I’ll always have sinus inflammation.
I had LASIK a year and a half ago. Without the irritation of contacts or the weight of glasses, my sinuses improved significantly. I haven’t had a sinus infection since then and could not be more grateful.
I still get congested and have pain but less often. One of the three ENTs I went to said it could be related to the trigeminal nerve since my sinuses exacerbated my chronic migraines.
I’m still not sure what caused all this pain and inflammation. However, I have learned how to manage the symptoms of chronic sinusitis so that I’m no longer in constant pain.
Tackling rebound headaches (also known as Medication Overuse Headaches or MOH) has been a massive part of getting my migraines under control. Rebound headaches are intense, frequent, and don’t respond well to medication. The Cleveland Clinic has a good explanation of rebound headaches and which …
It is so important for us migraineurs to compile a toolkit for relieving migraines. I like to use natural or non-medicine relief methods so I can prevent rebound headaches. Prepare a toolkit that you can grab when a migraine strikes. I also like to keep these products in my purse so I can treat migraines on the go. What’s in your toolkit?
- The Headache Hat
This is my go-to icepack that gets very cold and stays cold. Most headache hats are too tight and give me a headache, but this one wraps around your head and the placement can be adjusted with velcro.
- Wearable Acupressure for Headache Relief
- Forces of Nature Migraine Rollerball
- WellPatch Migraine and Headache (I like this better than BeKool)
- Ice Roller for face, eyes, and migraine
- This is the CBD cream I can’t live without. Great for neck and back pain.
- Excedrin Migraine (use with caution, could lead to rebound headaches)