Can Meditation Help Migraine?

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Can meditation help migraine?

A few years ago, I posted my experience with meditation.

As with many things I try for my Migraines, I wasn’t successful and decided to try again later.  A few months ago, I went to a class that guided me through a meditation with a discussion at the end.  The discussion was how I didn’t need to chant or become fully Zen to be successful with meditation.

So I’m attempting it again….

If you find meditation beneficial please leave your comments below.  Do you use an app?  Do you read or listen to a pod cast? What makes it beneficial to you and how long did it take to feel like meditation was helping?

mymigrainelife

I tell stories of My Migraine Life. I'm a mom, wife, teacher, and chronic migraine sufferer. I tell my stories and advocate in my life searching for health in a positive honest way.
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6 Comments

  1. Emeline on November 11, 2017 at 2:51 am

    Hi,

    I use headspace, the first ten days are free. Then they have different programs, one of them is pain management. I did it the last 30 days and it changed my relationship to pain. I still have migraines, but I take it easier.
    I wish you will find the right meditation for you.
    (I’m french, sorry if I make mistakes in english)

    Have a nice day

    Emeline



  2. mymigrainelife on November 11, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Your English is great! Thanks for commenting! I’ve heard good things about Headspace and think I’m going to try it.



  3. Oona on November 11, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    For several years I worshiped with an unprogrammed Friends Meeting (Quaker). That means that silence is the main feature of the service (as opposed to music, readings, etc.), and it usually goes on for about an hour. It was hard to do at first, but I was in a very stressful, super interactive job at the time and the supportive silence was amazingly warm and welcoming. After a while I realized that it typically took me 15 to 20 minutes to settle down and get all the “static” out of my head so I could just be alert and open. I have since moved, and the meeting I currently attend is only “semi-programmed” — which means shorter meditation periods. Lovely people, but… I just don’t settle fast enough to get the most out of this kind of speed-meditation! Did it help the migraines? I can’t say it made them go away, but I did feel more rested and more able to function within the migraines I had. Thank you for this query… It’s leading me to think that I should make an effort to find another unprogrammed meeting!



  4. Beth Morton on November 13, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Since my migraines became chronic, I’ve learned a bunch of ways to meditate. I’ve taken a mindfulness-based stress reduction course, been taught relaxation response, and even worked with a clinical hypnotherapist. I now use the Insight Timer app. I still practice the relaxation response breathing I was taught, but I also enjoy the wide variety of guided meditations the app offers for free. I do find that, when I practice regularly, my anxiety is better controlled. It doesn’t necessarily reduce my migraine attacks, but helps me better cope with them.



  5. mymigrainelife on November 13, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    I just started the insight app also. I like it. I agree that it won’t reduce attacks but learning how to deal with them is so important! Thanks!



  6. Beth Morton on November 13, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    The Insight Timer app is also great because you can find friends, share favorite meditations, and motivate each other to keep practicing!



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