Migraines can be extremely difficult to live with. In the midst of a migraine, any noise or light or external stimuli can exasperate your condition. Therefore, it is important to have all the tools necessary on hand to cope with the condition. I have gathered what I consider my migraine survival pack below:
The Ultimate Survival Pack
- Your medications. This may seem obvious, but always have your abortive medications with you at all times. You never know when a migraine is going to hit and you are going to be in need of your medication. It would suck to feel it coming on but not have your medications, and the window for the medication being effective passes, leaving you in more pain for a longer amount of time.
- Sunglasses. Always have sunglasses. A common symptom of migraines is photophobia, or sensitivity to light. Sunglasses can be useful whether inside or outside to help block out the light and decrease the effect of the lights on the migraine.
- Earplugs. You never know where you are going to be and whether or not it will be too loud for you. I highly recommend investing in a good pair of earplugs, not the cheap ones from the drugstore. I use concert earplugs, which blocks out loud noises but allows you to hear conversational noises.
- Water. Water is a necessity of life, and it is really easy to get dehydrated when you have a migraine. This will make the migraine worse, which is counterproductive. Get a good stainless steel water bottle, and make sure always have it with you.
- Extra snack. Not eating will make a migraine worse. Make sure you always have some snack on you. This will often make the migraine a little better, or if you have know you haven’t eaten in a while it can prevent one. I usually have fruit snacks on me, because I found the help the most.
- Pill organizer. If you are taking multiple medications a day, put them all in a pill organizer to keep at home. I just started doing this, and it makes everything so much easier. Setting it up at the beginning of each week can be annoying, but it is completely worth it for the ease of the week.
- Optional investment: FL-41 tinted glasses. These are special glasses that block out the wavelengths of fluorescent lights, some light from the TV, and light from your phone and computer. There are extremely helpful for people with photophobia, and have extremely helped me, especially in school. They are a little pricey, going from about $125-$175 depending on the style and company. I use axon optics and love them, and will do a review in the future. It is a hefty cost up front, but I believe it is definitely worth it and I don’t know how I loved without them.
Please feel free to comment below what you keep for your migraines or questions you want me to answer in a future Q and A post. Keep on fighting migraine and disability warriors, you got this!
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