When you can feel an attack coming, you need instant migraine relief. Ice works much better for pain reduction than heat. Let me tell you why.
Ice contracts your blood vessels that have enlarged or dilated too much, heat does the opposite.
Getting it wrong will cost you.
I use a lot of different things to help manage my attacks but using ice packs gives me instant migraine relief. They are my number one go to.
Ice constricts your dilated blood vessels, which is just what you need. So don’t use heat like I used to, and get the wrong reaction.
Getting it wrong hurts more and makes migraines last longer. I used to have ten day long migraines and not one person asked me if I used ice or heat. Not one. And let me tell you, I have seen and continue to see a lot of specialists.
For too many years I slept on hot water bottles to help ease the pain all the time not knowing I was really making it worse.
Please don't suffer needlessly ..... experiment with both and see what works for you,of course. But when it comes to migraine pain ... think ice.
When I try to ignore my signals that an attack is on its way, I end up panicking and I sometimes reach for my medications too late.
Ice packs have saved me from suffering so many times, I can't tell you. I am in love with my ice packs.
Before I saw reusable ice packs (for athletic injury) at my chiropractor’s office, I spent most nights sleeping on frozen bags of peas with mint in them (yuck, I would not eat those). I would wrap them in a tea towel to catch the moisture when they defrosted.
Thank goodness they sell minted peas here in Australia. Being from Canada originally I found the thought of minted peas disgusting. But hey, they worked well for molding around my head.
No longer do I wake up on a soggy bag of peas. I have two proper ice packs in my freezer at all times.
I used to hate that ... waking up on soggy peas. But what can ya do! They worked for pain relief. Now ice packs are part of my migraine prevention kit.
Good Tip - have two in the freezer so you can use a fresh one when it melts.
You need it to last long enough to deal with the pain phase completely.
Mine have my name on them.
No one else is allowed to use them.
I still put the blue flat ice packs in my favorite tea towel, just for comfort. Sometimes, I roll up a small hand towel under one half so it curves around the right side of my head. Most of my pain is right sided, it is rare I get a left sided headache.
When I do, it still confuses me. But that's for another time.
Did you know to apply ice to both sides of your neck and head, not just on the side with pain? The right side nerves go across the back of the neck to the left side, and vice versa. So alternating between each side will get you more instant migraine relief.
Plus it gives the other side a rest. Freezing our brain for days can't be good. But using it as a treatment is essential.
I highly recommend that you have ice packs handy, so you can be prepared for the next attack. I even used to keep one in the freezer at work. Yup ... covered and wrapped up with my name on it.
Oh, one more tip - act fast. That first sensation means the process has begun. If you act fast you will give your body a chance to abort the attack.
I did not know about this until I read Cynthia Perkins e-book Mindfulness over Migraines. So have your pain management strategy in place. If that is medications - take them.
Be willing to experiment with what works best for you, and then stick to it. Until you find something that works better. Ice packs will not let you down. Check with your doctor for your best pain relief strategy.
Here are some ice packs at Amazon ... I get a small commission from these sales that support the website. Just so you know.
I have found other sources that are reliable and easy to get online - click here for ice packs for migraine relief for the entire list of different ice aids I have found.
There are other products in the pain relief store that help comfort me during a long attack.
But I depend on ice packs for instant migraine relief, every single attack.
The cranial caps look amazing, I can't get them here in Australia, so let me know in the Facebook comments below what you think of them. Or more to the point, if they work.
Check out the latest Migraine Hat.
Until next time, be well and be pain free.
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