How to Travel with Migraine
How do I travel with migraine? After my Lessons your children learn or miss on vacation, I was asked how I can travel with a chronic illness. Not easily, is my answer.
Self Care: I saw 3 doctors the week before I left. I was on a 20 day antibiotic and was taking sinus medication. With that, I had acupuncture, got a massage, made trips to the pharmacy and made a follow up the week I returned home. Preventative treatment care is crucial! I was able to make it until day 4 before my migraine spiked. Typically, I get a migraine on day 2 so this was good for me.
Before I Travel I Focus on
- Appointments with doctors and therapists
- Refilling medication
- Good sleep routine
- Controlling my diet
- Exercising Regularly
- Managing Stress
- Making Lists
- Giving time to pack
- Make Copies of travel documents, insurance and doctor’s note
Pack a Migraine Bag
I had a suitcase and carry on filled with natural products that I use. I didn’t take a picture but check out my migraine reviews and it will give you a good idea of some things in my purse.
- Healthy snacks (avoid processed food)
- Polarized Sunglasses (avoid light trigger)
- Eye Mask
- Ice Pack
- Neck Pillow
- Essential oil
- Migraine Device
- Preventive Treatment
- Ginger Chews
- Water and hydration tablets
- Scarf (to put over my face to prevent smell triggers)
Migraines and Flying
I had a few days of migraine but only my evenings were consumed with pain. I was able to stop a level 7/8 from going to a 10 and was able to enjoy the next day at a reasonable level with varying symptoms. These are all victories for me!! I battle many triggers while traveling.
- Jet Lag
- Loud Noises
- Ear Pressure
- Lack of Movement
- Strong Odors
I have now had a migraine for 12 days straight with no relief. My pain fluctuates between a 4 and 7 most days but mostly is a constant never ending full body fatigue and heightened stimulus sensitivity with brain pains. My cravings have been out of control and I’ve been packing on weight that makes me even more uncomfortable.
It’s hard to describe to a non-sufferer, but I’ll just say it’s tough mentally as much as physically when I am in a cycle that isn’t being broken at all. It’s just this wet blanket over me that I really only feel in my down time. I’m a busy teacher and mom and have been able to do these well but the second I need to do anything other than childcare, I just don’t have it in me.
Priorities of my spoons is the best way I can describe it. I had to cancel plans this week, was like a rag doll this weekend and generally just felt crappy since I’ve been home.
Traveling comes at a huge cost for me but one I’m willing to pay. When I live with a migraine daily, traveling and spiking it seems bad but I’d rather get a few days of glory than a week missed in my hole.
After Travel I Feel….