My Top 5 Items I need to Survive a Migraine Attack!

Ok, the aura/prodrome has started, now what do you do! Below are the top 5 things that help ME survive an attack! 

1) Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! Water, smoothie, Nunn electrolytes tablets (my personal fave..easy and portable). I like the citrus blend!

Keeping hydrated is key to migraines. I try to add two tablets a day my water intake during an attack, to keep my electrolytes up…especially if I am nauseated.  

(2)  Nausea- The nausea feeling associated with a migraine can make the pain feel even more miserable.  Here are a few tips I use for when I am uber nauseous:

  • The BRAT Diet- Bananas, Rice,  Applesauce, White bread toast

  • Another great nausea trick ginger gum, I used this ALOT when I was in my first trimester of pregnancy! They typically sell at drugstores, but I used to get mine in bulk off Amazon!

  • Another is making your own ginger tea, you could easily add lemon,and fresh mint! Here is a recipe. My acupuncturists actually recommended grating ginger into a pot of boiling water, letting it steep for up to 30 mins, then strain ginger out of water. I would pour into a big container and float lemons in it in fridge to let it get cold, that way I can drink anytime I feel super nauseous.  It is a bit spicy, so lemon and honey help to tamper it down. This worked great during pregnancy! 
  •  Ginger ale…I ALWAYS have ginger ale at my house! 

3) Diffusing Peppermint Oil–  Now this one is a tricky one, because for some, peppermint oil makes them feel worse! I have found it helps me TREMENDOUSLY. 

I ordered an eco friendly diffuser, my diffuser is made from bamboo. I ordered it off amazon and LOVE it.  I like to use good quality peppermint oil.  Usually Aura Cacia; which is a good brand and more economical than YL in my opinion.  I will spend the money on Young Living if I am making a roller to roll peppermint oil on my temples if the pain is really intense.  I have found that diffusing oil during an attack can really help with nausea.  

4) Warm Detox Bath-Nothing eases my sore neck and back more than a good detox bath! If you don’t have time for a super long soak, DO NOT worry!  A ten minute soak is as effective 30 mins! The magnesium in the salt helps ease muscle pain. I try to do this once a week, if not more!

Basic features:

  1. Epsom Salt (approximately two cups)
  2. A few tablespoons of baking soda
  3. Apple cider vinegar
  4. Himalayan pink sea salt ( I get mine at TJ Maxx)

Soak and enjoy a face mask while you relax! đź’ś I try to do before bed time because it can make me sleepy!

5. GOOD Ice Packs! Not all ice packs are created equal! I’ve been through my fair share of pack and these by FAR are the best!

All the items I have linked here are also on my link on Instagram for reference. As always, please contact me via DM on Instagram or thru this account if you have ANY questions. These are the things that I have found to help ME the most; NOT all migraines are created equal..remember that! Blessings!

CBD for Pain Management:

An honest review of a few products

I first learned about CBD oil derived from hemp when I was living in Oregon, and my headache specialist suggested I give it a try to help with pain associated with my migraines. He indicated (and this guy was wicked smart yall, MD/PHD in headache medicine), that Cannabidol, or CBD for short, was essential another way to block those pain pathways in your brain. So, being as I was desperate to try anything (at the time I didn’t have my medical marijuana card, and recreational was not legal in Oregon), so I ran right over to the local nutrition shop and purchased my first bottle of Hemp derived CBD. The first bottle (I don’t even remember the brand), was ok, it seemed to help SOME with the pain, but it was the nausea that I needed the most control over. But essentially I had so much spinal issues going on it wouldn’t have mattered WHAT medicine you threw at the pain, it wouldn’t touch it..unless it was an opioid. I was in THAT MUCH pain guys..10/10 each day, felt like my brain was on fire.

So, fast forward through three spinal surgeries, a boat load of opioids and medical marijuana (all which helped me TREMENDOUSLY as I dealt with surgical pain and also the time leading up to the surgeries when I was in the “brain on fire” kind of pain I mentioned above and was down 25 lbs from the nausea and vomiting; I was SICK Yall..REALLY REALLY sick).

Once I got through that portion of my chronic migraine journey I begin trying to find other ways to tamper down the pain, so that I could hold down a job, and be a HUMAN BEING! I tried EVERYTHING (like most other spoonies have), and nothing seemed to really work, except opioids and phenegren, which I REALLY didn’t like taking on a regular basis. So I ended up getting a medical card (as I mentioned above), where I could go to the local dispensary (in Oregon), chat with a Budtender (yes that is what they are called), and they would give me HIGH CBD products with little to no THC(the stuff that makes you high), which helped ENORMOUSLY until..I went through In Vitro Fertilization and got pregnant (after 8 years of trying), which meant NO MORE Marijuana! Or drugs of any kind for that matter! Cold turkey I had to just muscle through the pain. The OBGYN said, well a lot of women dont’ have migraines during pregnancy…well NOT ME! I was one of those SUPER lucky people that had migraines EVERY SINGLE day of my pregnancy, along with all the other super fun prego side effects.

So here I am in my current time (not pregnant, but have a one year old!), new circumstances, same problem: CHRONIC MIGRAINES, and living in a state that doesn’t support Medical Marijuana…So I started doing a BOAT load of research on the newer brands of Hemp CBD products on the market, since I really really want to try to stay off opioids if possible for pain (and the fact I have a child to tend to day in and day out). I’ve tried some HORRIBLE ones, and some AMAZING ones!

My initial search for CBD, was met with a BUNCH of legal jargon, which made it seem like that I couldn’t even PURCHASE CBD online from my state, but some new laws passed, so now its legal to have, which is GREAT, because there are even places around town that have it in their stores now!

I am not going to bore you with the horribleness of the ones I tried that I will NEVER use again (PM me on my instagram account @the_mindful_migraineur), but I will tell you the ones that WORK for ME and are pretty tasty too!

These are MY FAVORITES

(Note: I am in NO WAY endorsed by either of these products, I am just a consumer giving my experience with the products!)

Lord Jones High CBD Tincture & Historical Remedy Hemp Flower Extract

By far, Lord Jones is my FAVORITE…they offer tinctures you can take under your tongue a few times a day, or put a few drops in a your tea or smoothie. They also offer muscle rubs and a high CBD gel capsule, which you can take and has a higher amount of CBD if you are having a REALLY bad pain day and don’t want to be taking the liquid tincture all day. They also have a subscription program, where if you sign up, you can receive discounts on shipping. This is what I do, since I know I go through about a bottle a month, its worth it for me to have it coming in a consistent subscription. If you are on the fence about trying them..TRY THIS ONE first..and you’ll never look back! LIFE changing! Doesn’t make me feel crazy or weird, only takes away the pain of a migraine. You know kinda how tylenol is supposed to work for headaches!

My second favorite, is the Historical Remedy Hemp Flower Extract. This one I found at our local smoothie shop. It comes in two dosages, 250mg or 500 mg a bottle. I always get the 250 mg. The orange flavor is AMAZING. It taste like an orange creamsicle. When Im in a pinch, and run out of my Lord Jones before my next shipment comes, I will run up and pick this up. It works well, but not as well as the Lord Jones. I find that I have to take a few more droppers full to receive the same pain relief.

I am SURE there are plenty more great CBD options out there for individuals who want to give them a try to combat chronic pain, these are just the ones I have tried and had GREAT success with. As always, please contact me with any questions!

Blessings and Light,

Emily