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My life is crazy. Stress, tension and anxiety all are staring me in the face at every corner. Often these three things can cause me to suffer from migraines. Such was the case about a year and a half ago when I had agreed to appear on a LIVE cooking segment on television. If you knew me at all, you would know instantly that the sheer amount of anxiety I suffered pre-show was exhausting all on it’s own. I am introverted by nature so I was already ridiculously nervous and I don’t like being the center of attention.
The morning the cooking segment was scheduled to be filmed, I was kind of a mess. It was the stress of getting everything ready just to leave and head to the show, preparing the recipe in various stages of completion, figuring out how to transport them and realizing I was missing garnish for the finished dish and we had 10 minutes before we had to leave and head to the station. I was a stressed out, anxious mess.
Screen Shot of Cooking Segment on Great Day St. Louis
By the time we arrived at the TV station, a migraine had reared its ugly head. I do suffer from migraines occasionally, but this one was a doozy and I had to be on the air less than 45 minutes later. I was literally blanking as the host was talking me through the process and what I needed to do and where I’d be, etc. As soon as she walked away, I reached for my bag and was incredibly grateful to wrap my hand around a familiar bottle in the bottom of my purse. Excedrin® Migraine. Consult your doctor if you think you are suffering from migraines. I took the recommended dose, and just before I had to begin setting everything up, I was already starting to feel much better.
I truly feel like Excedrin® saved the day, took care of the pain and allowed me to have a fantastic live cooking segment. I was able to focus when the host came over and explained everything to me again right before we went live, and the segment was a success!
Your migraine demands a migraine solution: Excedrin® Migraine starts to relieve migraine pain in 30 minutes.*
*Among OTC medicine for migraines. Symphony Health Solutions, 2016
I have since put together an Ultimate Migraine Survival Kit that I carry with me in my purse pretty much everywhere I go. I also have extra bottles of the various types of Excedrin® on hand in my medicine cabinet. At home I have lot of small things that help when a migraine hits.
But let’s talk about the Ultimate Migraine Survival Kit.
It all starts with a quick trip to Walmart. I found Excedrin® in the Pharmacy Section down the pain medication aisle. I usually pick up Excedrin® Migraine and Excedrin® PM Headache. I get the night time headache relief to help me sleep. It’s Triple action formula, fast nighttime headache relief with two pain fighters plus a sleep aid.
While you’re there, you can pick up the rest of what you need to make an Ultimate Migraine Survival Kit.
- Carry-all Pouch (get one large enough to hold all the things you want to carry)
- Dark Chocolate
- Excedrin® – (I have Excedrin® Migraine and Excedrin® PM Headache. Use as directed.)
- Peppermint Essential Oil (or Lavender) (apply 1 drop to each temple and 1 drop under each nostril)
- Ear Plugs (helps block out noise if you’re somewhere you can’t find a quiet spot)
- Sleep Mask (helps block out light – dark sunglasses are another option)
- Crackers – (can help with nausea)
- Peppermint and Ginger candies (both proven to help with nausea)
- Change (water bottle from a vending machine)
Extra Items you should have handy: Anti Nausea Wrist Bands, Dark Sunglasses, Migraine Diary, Water Bottle, Soft blanket and soft pillow, lavender or chamomile candles, Gallon Bag or Sick bag if the nausea gets too bad, abortive medications prescribed by your doctor, a heat pack or an ice pack (see below for an easy DIY Homemade Ice Pack.
Easy Homemade DIY Ice Pack
- You need two quart sized freezer bags and 1 bottle of dish soap.
- Fill one bag about a third to half way with dish soap. Seal the zipper, expelling the air as you go.
- Slide the bag inside another bag and seal the zipper, again expelling extra air in bag as you go.
- Place in the freezer.
- When ready to use, remove from the freezer and allow to sit on the counter just for about 10 minutes. The soap doesn’t freeze completely so it will be moldable in about 10 minutes or so.
- Slide in a pouch. You can make one or you can use one you have for makeup, which I did. It looks like it’s too big right? Nope.
- Because the ice pack is moldable, I am able to kind of fold it into the bag. Zip it closed.
- Use as ice pack immediately. Lasts me about an hour and I put it on my forehead and over my eyes. It definitely helps!
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