As someone with chronic migraine, I understand all too well the feeling of helplessness that can take over when waves of pain crash with unrelenting consistency. It can feel unbearable to be stuck in the middle of a migraine attack, knowing you have taken all of your available acute medication—and still find yourself in excruciating pain.
Cultivating resilience during these flares is a critical aspect of managing migraine.
Creating a personal “cocoon of comfort” during pain-storms signals to your brain that despite the circling chaos, you are safe. Comfort measures generally don’t eliminate pain, but they can positively change your perception of it—which can make a big difference.
Every person will have a different recipe for what soothes them during a migraine attack. Whether you reach for ice, heat, music, audiobooks, weighted blankets, essential oils, hot baths, cold showers, white noise machines, darkened shades, or something else, all that truly matters is choosing something that feels supportive to you…