Anyone who deals with chronic migraines knows that they often arrive at the worst possible moments. Whether your migraines are triggered by a change in the weather, seafood, chocolate, or even a whiff of perfume, a normal day can quickly become a nightmare. Pain, light sensitivity, and tunnel vision might set in quickly if you are not ready for them. Sometimes nothing will stop the onslaught, but there are ways to give yourself a chance at making the migraine go away more quickly. Check out these three tips to prepare yourself for the next time you feel a headache starting to set in.
Create a migraine kit.
Everyone has different tricks for dealing with the side effects of a migraine, but it is easy to forget to have them on hand when you are rushing out the door on the way to work or school. Putting together a migraine kid that is easy to grab when you need it is a great way to prepare. In a non-descript bag, keep a small amount of your prescription medication, over-the-counter pain medications, sunglasses, earplugs, and an instant icepack. If there are other items you use to corral your headache, add them to your bag as well. Stash the bag in a place you can get to it easily, like a desk drawer. It might be tempting to leave it in your car, but remember that some medications are sensitive to extreme heat or cold.
Inform a close friend or coworker.
Since migraines can occur at any time or place, it is helpful to have someone at your office or school who knows what might happen. You do not need to give them a long list of details but tell them enough so that they can advocate for you if need be. If a migraine comes on suddenly, you are then able to reach out to your friend or coworker and let them know what is going on. They can either help you through it or cover for you when you need to dig into your migraine kit.
Keep an emergency contact card with you.
No matter how prepared you are, sometimes you just cannot control the situation enough to handle the migraine yourself. In the event that you find speaking or communicating difficult or that emergency medical services are called to help, having a card with you that includes identification, relevant medical information, and phone numbers for your emergency contacts is essential. If you have severe medical concerns such as an allergy to penicillin or a condition like diabetes, include those details so that you will receive the most effective treatment possible.
Dealing with chronic migraines is, well, a headache. Most of us will never find a long-term cure and will need to be prepared for anything for most of our lives. This does not have to be as intimidating as it sounds. When you add these three tools to your arsenal, you can take more control of how you help yourself and how others help you. A migraine might take you by surprise, but when you are fully prepared, you will not have quite as much to think about when it does.