According to JAMAnetwork.com, “Migraine affects an estimated more than 10% of people worldwide, occurs most often among people aged 20 to 50 years, and is about 3 times more common in women than in men. In a large US survey, 17.1% of women and 5.6% of men reported having migraine symptoms.”
You know what does not make me feel better when I’m squinting my eyes in pain, trying to keep down the nausea from my most recent migraine? The fact that there’s nearly 47 million other Americans suffering along with me. But, I am working on trying to make myself more comfortable when they do happen by being prepared. One of the biggest steps I’ve taken is having an Easy Emergency Migraine Kit stashed in my car for, well, emergencies.
There are several potential triggers of migraine I could potentially experience on any given day: changes to the weather, missing an hour (or more–or maybe less) of sleep, bright lights (my Achilles heel) and stress. Migraineurs (YES, THAT’s a word! I’m not making it up!) should really be aware of their own triggers so they can avoid them. But, if you just can’t keep away from them (like I sometimes can’t–stress is unavoidable in our family)–and have sudden, horrible migraine-attacks (like me), an Easy Emergency Migraine Kit is a total must.
I’m not kidding. I can be driving down the road, at 70 miles an hour on the highway, listening to my kids screaming in the backseat and the overcast clouds can open above us and–BOOM! I have a migraine that fast. I really can’t avoid something like that, but I can be prepared.
What’s in My Easy Emergency Migraine Kit
- Alcohol swabs to help cool my skin when I’m nauseous.
- Hand lotion for a quick self-hand-massage.
- Polarized sunglasses to give a little extra protection from that dern light!
- Hat–same as the sunglasses.
- One dose of my migraine meds, in case it’s REALLY bad.
- Hair brush for a momentary head massage.
- Ear buds to block out the screaming kids a little. Heh.
I hope this quick tutorial for How to Make an Easy Emergency Migraine Kit is helpful to you.