For years when I went for migraine treatments I would walk out of the doctors consultation emotional and confused. S/he would give me an enormous amount of scientific data which I thought I should remember.
And never could. Or at least know when others asked me. But once emotion steps in, intellect steps out! So they say.
So I have come up with some strategies and tips here for you to use should you find yourself a bit overwhelmed with the whole ordeal.
Once I got organized, with my questions in a journal written down to ask and my records to help me provide answers, I fared much better.
Here are some more important tips you might want to include in your migraine pain management and treatment strategy:
1. Ask your Chemist or Pharmacist for a print out of your Migraine Medication from MIMS or what ever system they use in your country. The printout will list additional information for you and the expected side effects. Call your doctor if you have any.
2. It might be a good idea to write out the instructions from both the Doctor and the Chemist.
One of the best things I ever did:
I write the information I need on a little pink recipe card so when I am too far gone in pain I can just read the card and I know:
what I can take,
how much and when (every 12 hours, or every 4 hours, for example).
As I change the medications, I change the cards. I never get confused this way when the pain is too bad to concentrate.
And I keep the card right in front of my meds, so I never have to look for it. This has been essential to me over the years when I just can't think straight.
3. Take your prophylactic medications exactly as prescribed – the same dose - at the
same time(s) every day. Do not stop taking or change your medications
unless you first talk with your doctor.
4. Try to form a routine with your medications. Write out your own migraine headache new treatment plan or a pain management strategy. You can show your family and write out what they can do to help in your time of need.
Be extra quiet, take dinner from freezer, walk the dog, pick up kids ... you get the picture. They love you, they will want to help.
5. Keep a migraine diary and you can print out this calendar. It looks just like a normal calendar at the top with spaces on the left for my medications so I can keep track each day of what I am taking, and spaces below for notes and triggers.
calendar or journal is useful to list any changes you notice or to make
notes when your Doctor changes your meds.
6. Keep a supply of your medication at home and take one with you for emergencies at all times.
7. Do not take ordinary headache tablets - they are not effective for migraines. It’s a different thing all together.
8. Keep records. Feel free to print out our medication tracker and medication notes to use. Research shows that the way the body responds to medications may change over time, so they may need to be adjusted. Tell your doctor if you notice a difference in the effectiveness of your chosen treatment using our symptom tracker.
9. Studies have shown that each type of migraine medication is most effective when used in combination with other medical recommendations like dietary and lifestyle changes, exercise, and relaxation therapy. Learn to relax.
I can recommend these CD's:
10. Find what works and DO IT! Now you can write your own migraine pain management and treatment plan and add to it as you learn what works for you.
As I mentioned in tip number nine, studies are now showing that the best way for us migraine sufferers to help reduce migraines is to use a combination of traditional approaches and alternative therapies.
This combination works for me, so give them a try.
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