All of us with migraines know we’re supposed to limit the number of days we treat them. We also know that we’re supposed to take our abortive medications at the start of the pain and not to wait until “the horse is out of the barn.” So, if you know there’s a good chance you will have more migraines than medication, what do you do? I get nine 9 precious Sumatriptan tablets per month. I live in Pennsylvania, but I can often sense the low-pressure storm coming my way when it’s in Indiana. I must budget my precious medication accordingly.
I used to have a scattered approach to warding off the evil spirits of migraine. I’d try something and see if it helped. Then I’d try something else. Then, sensing my pain was worsening, I’d remember the thing that worked the last time and give that a try. This would go on and on until something worked… or I was ready to admit defeat and take one of my beloved nine precious tablets. I finally found a strategy. I’ve created a checklist that allows me to plan ahead.
So when I start feeling that familiar, yet hard to describe, pain in my head, I simply run through my checklist. It helps me ward off the unwelcome visitor—or at least keep it from building to the point where I need to medicate. You can click here to read the list of things that work for me. My list is in no particular order, and some of the items may not work for you, especially if you’re sensitive to caffeine or artificial sweeteners in gum. But use my list as a model to create and customize your own list. Page 2 of this document is blank and printable, so you can enter your own solutions and have it handy whenever you need it.
Unfortunately, our migraines aren’t going away, but having your own solutions, and knowing when to use medication and resources can ward off the pain before it escalates.