Migraine Awareness Month #5 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?
My go-to comfort item that gets me through Migraine attack after Migraine attack, is my heating pad.
I have often joked that my heating pad needs a name, because I cuddle with it more than my husband. (Sadly, hubs agrees with me, lol) It goes nearly everywhere with me.
When I asked my doctors why heat is so helpful to me, nobody seems to have an answer. Since I tend to suffer from inflammation one would think heat might aggravate the situation. However, when I’m in pain I do tend to find it difficult to argue with success.
Placement of my heating buddy has everything to do with its success.
In my case, I get a pain trifecta: Migraine (usually my left side) with extreme pain behind my eye, and trigeminal neuralgia that shoots across my face, eyeball and inside my ear like lightning while at the same time throbbing like the worst tooth/face ache you can imagine, radiating down the front of the left side of my neck.
I usually put my heating pad directly onto my face, even putting it over my pillow so I can lay on it, pain side down. If tension is a problem in my neck, I have the larger sized pad that easily wraps around the back of my head for comfort there as well.
Thankfully it turns off automatically and I have never suffered any burns from it, however I do know of someone in the Migraine community at large that had an old model without the automatic shut off. She took her meds, fell asleep on it and woke up with 3rd degree burns.
There are times when even my heating pad isn’t sufficient. I usually retreat into my hot pounding shower then. I’m never quite sure if it is the heat itself that is so soothing, or the distraction of the hot pounding water over my bruised body that seems to help. (Hurts so good?) Again, it’s tough to argue with success. At the very least, the cooling down process after the shower allows my body to relax and sometimes fall asleep (often with my heating buddy wrapped comfortably around my face and head) when intense pain of an especially brutal attack usually makes rest impossible.
Do you find heat or cold to be more comfortable during an attack? Do you find that changes from one Migraine attack to another?
What is your favorite comfort item?
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