Migraine Mum hasn't taken a triptan drug for 12 days!!!
This is big news! Well may be it won't quite make the BBC news headlines, but I feel like I need to tell someone! I'm usually reaching for a triptan every 3 to 5 days but this last fortnight I seem to be able to rely on aspirin. I am having headpain every day now, not a migraine but a low level ache in my eyes and head/neck.
You may be wondering how or why the long term pattern of a migraine every 2-3 days has changed.......
Well to be absolutely honest, I don't know.
- The children have gone back to school and my youngest is doing 2 more sessions at nursery than last year.......more space, less stress?
- I have been trying to get more sleep (though the children have been waking me a lot over the last few weeks and I know I am very tired)
- I have reduced the amount of sugar by eating a lot less cakes, biscuits and puddings.
- May be finally the gluten and dairy free diets are paying off?
- I've resumed my pilates stretches and a small amount of exercise.
- Saw my cranial osteopath two weeks ago?
Here's some guidelines for building your toolkit based on The Pain Toolkit (www.paintoolkit.org)
Tool 1: accept that you have migraines...this can help with how you deal with the migraine and how you respond to it emotionally.
Tool 2: Build a support around you: friends, a good Dr, family, other migraineurs, blogs(!), join the Migraine Trust/Migraine Action
Tool 3: Pace yourself: try not to over do it on the days you feel well
Tool 4: Learn to prioritize and plan out your days. Build in relax time and fun. What brings you to life? What calms you?
Tool 5: Set yourself goals and action plans
Tool 6: Be patient with yourself (the migraine is a sign that you need to step back and look after yourself, be kind to yourself)
Tool 7: Learn relaxation skills (you have to teach yourself to do this!)
Tool 8: Stretching exercise (pilates, yoga) and Exercise (take it steady)
Tool 9: Keep a diary and track your progress
Tool 10: Have a set back plan: who can you call for help? Let others step in when you can't manage. You don't have to be superwoman.
Tool 11: look after your body: eat healthily, drink lots of water.
Tool 12: Keep all of this up! It is a way of life and it will help you to feel you have a life...
Good Luck! Oh and by the way, I am going to the Migraine Conference in London, this Sunday the 23rd September 2012. It is a public session, so anyone can go, see www.migrainetrust.org or phone 0207 631 6970. I will no doubt be blogging about it next week.