I would never have survived my attacks without ice packs for migraine relief. They provide instant relief. The ice not only helps reduce the pain, it constricts blood vessels that have dilated too much.
A lesson learned...
When the pain starts to build from an impending attack, and I have failed to take action quickly, I reach for my meds and my ice pack.
Before I found reusable ice packs, I spent many a nights sleeping on bags of frozen peas that were wrapped in a tea towel.
Thank goodness they do minted peas here in Australia.
Long gone are my days of waking up on a smelly, mushy bag of defrosted peas. I now have 2 or 3 proper ice packs at all times in the freezer that are designated specifically for my migraine attacks.
Do yourself a favor and get a few ice packs to keep in the freezer with your name on them (even at work). Don't share them! At least have two so when one melts too quickly, you can just transfer over to the frozen one.
I still put them in a tea towel, it's much more comfortable. I also use a rolled up towel to put a curve to follow the side of my head that the pain is on.
I slept on hot water bottles for years until I learned this harsh lesson. They lasted ten days back then. Ten long days. So, don't suffer needlessly... test ice and see what happens!
I suggest that you make having ice packs handy, a high priority. And act fast, take action right when you feel the first warning sign to give yourself the best chance to abort the attack.
Now there are hats to choose from that are really affordable. I've listed my favorite options below so you can find ice packs to use and reuse over and over... and over, for instant migraine relief.
Just in case you can't find these locally, you can click on the product links below for more details. I rely on my ice packs for migraine relief, and studies have proven ice to be an effective pain management strategy.
Ok, so - have them handy, don't ignore your early warning signals.... and act fast...
Lastly, and most importantly, read How to Treat a Migraine with Ice and Heat. It's essential reading here at Migraine Savvy on how to use those ice packs for migraine relief.
Happy freezing for pain relief!