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The Best Way to Make Decisions- Migraine Savvy Newsletter #48 Sept 10th
September 10, 2015
The Best Way to Make Decisions
The Continuing Pursuit for Migraine Elimination and Pain Reduction
Our emotions can overwhelm us and we make decisions out of desperation – what is the best way to minimize this? This is what I think.
“The kinds of decisions people face in medical contexts are in so many ways different from the decisions they confront in other aspects of their lives. When I make my biannual trip to the mall to buy clothes, I can quickly peruse the shelves of shirts and find colors, fabrics and prices that suit my preferences. Occasionally, I purchase a shirt that falls apart on the fourth wearing, not altogether surprising given my proclivity for deeply discounted apparel. Rarely a shirt will shrink more than expected and my oldest son will gain another dad-me-down for his wardrobe. But I pretty much know what I like, shirt wise, after all these years, and the stakes of bad decisions are so low that it doesn’t really matter if I occasionally make a bad choice” Critical Decisions by Peter Ubel (2012) pg. 147-148.
Making the right decision for treating your migraines is a little more difficult. The margin for error and consequences is significantly greater than just buying some clothes or deciding what to have for dinner.
Actually deciding what to have for dinner needs to mean no migraine triggers.
Anyway I was trying to help you see that you must not give yourself a hard time, if you are finding it hard to make the right decision around your best treatment with your desired results. 100% migraine free of course!
Doctors aim for 50% reduction. I was devastated to hear that from a number of different doctors, when I wanted complete relief.Intuition is great, and it is even better if you have sound medical advice to back up your decisions. Here is my advice for the best way to make decisions:
1. Make sure you have all the information you need before proceeding.
2. If you feel some anxiety, this is normal by the way, get some more information until you feel like this is the best way forward.
3. Sleep on it. Let the new information settle in.
4. Get a second opinion. Professional opinion, I mean. Ask some friends too if they have knowledge in this area. But you can see another doctor, or if you are seeing a specialist, go back to your general physician about what the specialist said.
This way you can check newly recommended medications with him or her. And then you can even see another specialist. But don't go overboard.
Talking to your pharmacist around medications is also a great idea. Make sure they know everything you are taking and for what.
5. Then you just have to trust your intuition. Trust that you are making the best decision with the information you have right now.
6. Remember this is an experiment. Trying different things to find what works for you. So let yourself make other choices once you have more experience, additional or new information.
Now the problem with getting more opinions is that if they differ greatly, you might become confused. So I always feel that 3 doctors or specialists are enough. If I feel confused, I often meditate on it for at least a week, and then let myself come to what feels right.
Easier said than done … but I just ask you to give yourself time to absorb all the new information and to make sure it feels right for you.
Oh and just for your information, the best migraine treatment I have found to date is in this post
How to Treat a Migraine
with ice and heat.
Essential Migraine Tools
Building resilience all starts with having a plan. A solid pain management plan. These are my four pillars of strength.
Pillar One - Information + Education = Options + Choices
Pillar Two - Meditation and Biofeedback Training
Timing is everything when aborting a migraine attack.
Wild Divine Biofeedback
is an essential part of keeping my migraines at bay. Learning to control breath and body temperature could assist in reducing migraines or eliminating them all together if they are stress related. Meditation is proven to help reduce migraine attacks. This system will teach you all of that. I love mine.
Pillar Three - Eliminate Potential Food Triggers
Pillar Four - Use Food As Medicine
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