Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Hot Bath and an Ice Pack

OK, I've missed a few days, but what can you expect? I have chronic migraines. I'm picking up at day 5.

Migraine Awareness Month #5: "Do That To Me One More Time."

Today's prompt is: 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?

Like most migraineurs, when I have a migraine, I need quiet, darkness, stillness, and silence. Occasionally, I can distract myself from the less severe pain with TV or Facebook or something like that, but that's just for a short time before my eyes get tired of focusing on something and I need to rest them. Ice packs on my head and neck sometimes help, but sometimes can be more stimulation than I can handle. Something I have recently discovered that is calming to me is to take a hot bath with an icepack on my forehead. My theory is that during a migraine, there is too much blood flow in my head and the hot bath combined with the ice on my head work to push the blood to the rest of my body. Now, of course, that's just my theory. I don't really care why it seems to help. I just care that it helps. Sometimes, I can't bear the thought of all that's involved with a bath, the running water, the minimal lighting that must stay on in the bathroom, the drying off, all the movement involved, so I can't use this tactic and must just retreat to my dark, quiet, still, and silent room, but for the migraines when I can stand it, it's very soothing and calming.

Thanks for reading!

National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation. The Blogger's Challenge is initiated by www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.

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