20 Migraine Relief Suggestions – From the HTC Community
DISCLOSURE – I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice – these are just tips and tricks suggested by the HTC community. Please consult a doctor if you are dealing with serious migraine issues!
It’s been quite a week (and if you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, you know what I’m talking about.) If you haven’t been hanging out on my stories (shameless plug-please come hang out in my stories, they are currently my favorite and I absolutely love being able to talk to you guys in my DM’s,) here’s a 10-word recap of what’s been going on:
In the last month, I’ve had a lot of migraines.
Like, at least 5. It’s been #badnewsbears.
I’m not a stranger to migraines – but I typically only get them every 3-5 months and it’s usually after I have deprived myself of sleep for too long or have completely burnt myself out. But 5 in the span of a few weeks? That’s a lot, even for me, and it’s totally had me freaked out. When something goes wrong in my body, I instantly assume my cancer is coming back for me. That anxiety gnaws at me day in and day out and slowly builds until I have a full-blown panic attack and I become pretty inconsolable. This last Monday, I had one of the worst migraines yet and I could feel myself getting to the edge of a complete melt-down. While I usually take Excedrin for my migraines, I’m not supposed to take a lot of it back to back because of my platelet counts, so I couldn’t do anything but try to sleep it off. Before I allowed myself to completely deteriorate, I decided to reach out to the HTC Instagram community and ask if anyone had suggestions for dealing with migraines. The response was UNBELIEVABLE! Thank you, to each and every one of you, for sending me your tips and tricks and for giving me some places to start in seeking help for my migraines. A lot of other community members asked to hear the suggestions that were sent to me, so I decided to compile all of the suggestions here for everyone to refer to here. So thanks, HTC friends, for essentially writing this post for others to have! You guys are the best!
Migraine Relief Suggestions
- Magnesium Malate or Magnesium Supplements -Jenn & Evi
- Natural Calm (drink powder with magnesium) –Danielle
- Caffeine Pills -Abby
- Drink a regular Coke –Esther
- Get your eyes checked (could be a result of vision issues) -Haley
- Daith Piercing -Haley
- Sleep –Amanda
- Peppermint Essential Oil – Crystal, Anna & Linda
- Cold Compress on the back of the neck – Crystal
- Ice Pack over temples and eyes –Elizabeth
- Turn off all the lights/put an eye mask on – Elizabeth & Chelsea
- Essential Oils/Past Tense from DoTerra –Missy &
- Put your feet in hot water and an ice pack on your neck –Anna
- Switch between a cool towel and a warm towel on the forehead -Ciara
- Cucumber & Peppermint -Cayli
- Seek a chiropractic adjustment –Erika & Alexandra
- Hot Bath –Megan
- Take Excedrin Migraine –Emily
- Drink a cup of caffeinated Black Tea –Zandra
- Go gluten-free –Jake
- Eat foods high in magnesium, like spinach, pumpkin seeds, and yogurt. –Lindsey
My Migraine Relief Plan-
So many amazing ideas for migraine relief – and I feel way more prepared for my next migraine. After going through all of these suggestions, I decided to start with chiropractic care. I have never been to a chiropractor before, but I did notice that I’d been having a lot of pain and tension in the base of my neck and I was curious to see if that was connected to my increase of migraines.
I went to a chiropractor on Wednesday and after a consultation, he told me that pretty much every part of my back was out of alignment, including a rib head in the middle of my back and a bunch of bones in my neck. I knew I would be a little messy in there because I’ve walked so funny for so long (knee replacements, you know?) but I didn’t realize the scope of how bad it was until I got my first adjustment. I had assumed that my lot in life was to deal with chronic pain and didn’t realize that I could treat 2/3rd of my chronic pain with chiropractic care. It was actually a really emotional visit to have someone address so many aches and pains and tell me that they were treatable.
My chiropractor said that I had a lot of “congestion” in my neck and is optimistic that bi-weekly adjustments for the next month will help relieve my migraines. He also has me taking a magnesium supplement. Additionally, I ordered the Past Tense essential oil blend from DoTerra to see if that helps me get ahead of any headaches without having to take any OTC medication.
So, that’s where I’m at right now in my migraine management plan. I’ve had two adjustments in the last week and I’ve only had one minor headache, so I’m already seeing some results. Fingers crossed that this continues!
Do you have any other suggestions for Migraine Relief? Let me know and I’ll add it to the list!