When I first began to experience chronic migraines, my top priority was to find ways to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks. Like many other women who experience migraines, I have a number of preventative measures that I follow as diligently as possible. For example, consistently getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, reducing my alcohol intake and going to weekly acupuncture appointments helps manage my condition — but the bottom line is that migraines still strike, often at the most inconvenient times. At that point, the key is to ease the painful symptoms as much as possible until the attack passes.
I’m far from alone — over 38 million Americans experience migraines, and, for between two and three million sufferers, the condition is chronic. Although migraines don’t discriminate, they disproportionately affect women — 18 percent of American women report experiencing migraines compared to six percent of men. Migraine sufferers have unique pain and symptoms that require special care and accommodations. From soothing essential oils to my trusty ice pad, I keep my apartment stocked with products that help ease my migraine symptoms and I make sure to pack them every time I travel, even if it’s just an overnight trip.
Everyone is different and based on my many conversations with other migraine sufferers, there are a wide range of products that can help make a migraine attack less excruciating. We spoke to women who experience migraines about the items they can’t live without. Here are nine products real women with migraines swear by.
A version of this story was published January 2019.
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