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Migraine Survival Kit (3/365)

Suffering from a chronic migraine is honestly a painful experience. From finding out what it is, to actually getting a diagnosis, it’s honestly just a horrific thing that I honestly would not wish on my worst enemy. So to battle this I have a few products/items that honestly help me get through my day to day life.

  1. CBD Oil – yes this ones a bit controversial as little research has been done on the effects of CBD oil on chronic pain, however, I’ve found it works amazingly for me and has helped me go from ‘not able to function’ to ‘able to function’.
  2. Herbal Teas – Herbal teas are beneficial for so many reasons but some also specifically help with headaches and general pain. My go-to teas are Mint and Ginger.
  3. Cooling pads – now this one a bit obvious as cold packs/heating packs are commonly used for pain. I use cooling pads specifically geared towards migraines and honestly, it kills the pain within 10 minutes.
  4. Tiger Balm – This is kind of like Vapour Rub but on drugs, and has been used as pain relief in many Eastern cultures for so many years, it’s honestly baffling that it’s not used more by everyone. There are two kinds, the white kind which is infused with peppermint and the red kind which is infused with cinnamon. They both have different strength levels so what I use depends on the kind of day I’m having.
  5. Pain Pills – Last but not least, pain pills. Everyone has their preferences, I use anything that says extra strength but I’m aware that some people have allergies so use what works best for you, but it’s always important to carry these around.

Honourable mentions:


Coffee – Yes, you read that right. I know everyone says caffeine is a trigger, but honestly, sometimes my migraines are triggered by a lack of caffeine, so I’ll usually drink coffee or tea as a safety measure if I feel one coming.

Water – This one’s common sense really since dehydration is a common cause of headaches, let alone migraines. It’s always important to stay hydrated and make sure you’re drinking that H20!

So those are my ways of keeping a migraine at bay, do you have any different ones?

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