In the US, June 2019 is National Migraine & Headache Awareness month.
Both can be miserable to deal with, and many people will require specialist treatment or prescription medication to treat migraines. I know that only Sumatriptan will touch my chronic migraines. However, there are a few things that make managing them a little more tolerable, at least in terms of eye & head symptoms. Some of these products I’ve personally used & recommend, others I’ve come across & wanted to share in case they can help anyone else.
1. 4head Stick
The 4head stick is something I’ve had to hand for a few years now. It’s designed for tension headaches and although it won’t make a bad headache go away, can provide a little gentle relief when you’re dealing with general headaches and migraines. It’s very convenient to use and it’s small, so it can easily go in your bedside drawer or your bag when you’re out and about. Simply uncap it and smooth it, like a chubby pencil, over your forehead slowly a few times. The levomenthol (peppermint) is quite calming and refreshing and it works quickly.
2. Therapearl Eye Mask For Migraine, Headache & Puffy Eyes
The Therapearl eye mask is something I use regularly and couldn’t live without. This is a gel eye pack with pearls, so it’s nicely flexible to mould to your head and/or eye area or wherever you put it. It can be used hot and cold. I keep it in the freezer to use cold, but you can also pop it in the microwave to use it as a heat pack. It’s incredibly soothing for headaches and a must-have for me on my eyes with a migraine because I get awful pain in my left eye.
This brand do two different formats with a similar concept of providing a cooling, soothing sensation. The Kool’n’Soothe Rollerball is designed to cool your temples/forehead, and massaging with the rollerball can be soothing when a migraine or headache is pounding your skull. As with the 4head stick, it’s pocket-sized so it’s convenient to use anywhere.
The second are gel sheets. This strips can be stuck to the forehead for up to 8 hours of soothing. As they’re non-medicinal, they’re safe to use so they should be suitable for everyone, including during pregnancy.
4. Blackout Eye Mask
A straightforward eye / sleeping mask can provide a blackout when your head’s thumping and your eyes are sensitive. For me, a migraine means I need darkness. Go for a soft fabric, wide contours for more coverage, and an adjustable or elasticated strap that’s comfortable. In addition to an eye mask I now also have blackout curtains in my bedroom.
5. Tiger Balm
Tiger Balm is a popular choice for transdermal pain relief. This proven herbal ointment can help alleviate a little discomfort, so try massaging a little across your forehead and temples. Plus, it’s very versatile for various aches and pains all over the body so it’s always handy to have.
6. TENS Unit For All Over Pain, Including Migraine
TENS machines can be great for pain all over the body, including the head for migraines and headaches. There are some units that are made specifically for migraines, so they’re shaped like a band. Others can be used by placing the pads where they’re needed, whether that’s the head or on your shoulders as this can ease the tension & pressure that contributes to headaches & migraines.
7. Gel Pack Wrap
A gel pack strap for hot and cold use can be very useful. With an adjustable strap and a large enough size, it can be applied various pain points, from your wrists and back to your elbows and knees.
Neck and shoulder tension can contribute to headaches and migraines. It can also be a result of spreading pain from them. Applying a gel pack to the neck or around the shoulders, hot or cold, can alleviate a little tension and ease some of the shooting pain.
In the UK, I’ve spotted this one above.
For those in the US, the ThermiPaq hot/cold pack wrap seems quite popular.
Have you tried any of these? What do you use to make dealing with headaches and migraines a little more tolerable?