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HeadWay, Issue #174 -- What's in Your "Migraine Kit"?
March 21, 2019

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In this issue:

What's in Your Migraine Kit?

The Give-Away (as promised!)

Say what?! BPA

What's in Your Migraine Kit?

As we recently talked about at Headache and Migraine News, taking control of our "stressors", as much as possible, can make a big difference in our mental health. That doesn't mean we have to cure migraine (but let's!), but it does mean that we are taking steps to make our lives better.

There are a lot of ways to do that, but one way is to think about a "migraine kit". This is a kit that you pull out if you feel an attack coming on - or, it could be a kit you take with you when you're out for the day.

Your kit will, of course, contain the medication you normally take (maybe even extra preventative medication, in case you're away longer than expected). But what else might your kit include? Here are some common suggestions:
  • Water bottle (I don't leave home without mine, I don't know about you)
  • Head phones (whatever kind you prefer)
  • Instant cold packs, or cooling pads
  • Your favourite essential oils
  • Eye mask
  • Your favourite CD (ok, I know CDs are pretty last-century, but this is to get you think about things that are "for fun" - not feeling well? Treat yourself to some special, relaxing music that you don't usually listen to)
  • Ginger (for nausea)
  • Healthy snack - whatever fits with your migraine-fighting diet
  • Ear plugs
  • Sunglasses/Migraine Glasses (such as Theraspecs)
  • If you are prone to vomiting, there are disposable "sick" bags you can take with you
  • Electrolyte supplements or salt to help keep you hydrated
  • A favourite paper book (reading on paper is one of the best calming things you can do - as long as it's not a stressful book!)
  • Eye drops
  • Kleenex
Of course, not all of these are for everyone - and some will work early in an attack but not later, and so on.

Why not open your favourite note-taking app or pull out a piece of paper now and make a list? Then, put together a kit just for you.

The Give-Away (as promised!)

Ok, here's how this give-away is going to work. All you have to do is log into the HeadWay MailRoom (the password is found below) and tell me what you would like to include in your own Migraine or Headache Kit, and why. Your answers may be featured in an upcoming edition of HeadWay.

Important: You must include your full name, address and phone number (use the comment box for this), so that I can mail you your prize. The information will only be used to ship you your prize, if you win. You can enter until the end of the day on the 27th of March 2019.

This is an all-or-nothing give-away. Just one winner will receive three out of five of these migraine-kit items. (You can ask for what you would like, but I will choose partly based on what I can ship economically to your address at the time. I'm paying out of my own pocket, give me a break.)PS - for more tips on treating migraine, be sure to tune into the Migraine World Summit today!

Say what?! BPA

BPA stands for Bisphenol A. BPA is one of several a xenoestrogens that are used to make many plastics around the world. It has been the centre of many debates about just how dangerous it is, and whether or not it may trigger migraine attacks.

For more details, see Does BPA Trigger Migraine?

Thanks for reading!  Remember, if you have feedback or ideas for future issues, visit the HeadWay MailRoom.  Your password is nomoache.
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