For years as I sought more effective migraine treatments, I would often walk out of the doctors consultation feeling emotional and confused. S/he would give me an enormous amount of scientific data and alternative options which I thought I would remember... and never could.
Once emotion steps in, intellect steps out!
So here are some strategies and tips for you to use should you find yourself a bit overwhelmed with the whole ordeal.
Once you can get things organized, you can feel much better in appointments and monitor your results.
After decades of trial and error, here are my top 10 tips...
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, or book into see him/her immediately if you have any concerns.
2. Write out the instructions from both the Doctor and the Chemist.
Details are essential:
One of the best things I ever did was to 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:
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, or in the box 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. Try to form a routine with your medications. 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.
Write out your own migraine headache new treatment plan or a pain management strategy. I have a step-by-step plan in my course to help you with this. It's free to enroll and the first module is free. Here's the link - Migraine Pain Management Course.
4. Involve your family and loved ones. You can show your family your plan too and write out what they can do to help in your time of need like: 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 (you can print out the simple one I recommend by joining my mailing list). It looks just like a normal calendar at the top with spaces on the left for any medications so you can keep track each day of what you are 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. Be prepared. Keep a supply of your medication at home and take one with you for emergencies at all times. So take your abortive with you wherever you go.
7. Do not take ordinary headache tablets - they are not effective for migraines. It’s a different thing all together.
8. Keep really good records. You can get my medication tracker and medication notes to use when you join the mailing list. 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 the symptom tracker in the course... here's the link:
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.
This is important! Learning to relax will increase the efficacy of you medications too.
10. Find what works and DO IT! Experiment... perfect... rinse... and repeat. Now you can write your own migraine pain management and treatment plan and add to it as you learn what works for you.
Until next time... be as pain free as possible,