MAPP Your Migraine

Reduce the impact of Migraines

by Teri Robert, Lead Expert

No matter how effective our preventive regimen is, we're going to be struck with a Migraine from time to time.

To make those Migraines easier to deal with, let's form a Migraine Action Plan and Pack, let's MAPP them.

Here are the elements of the Plan...

  • You and your doctor should have a treatment plan in place. For most Migraineurs, your first-line medication when you have a Migraine will be a triptan (Imitrex, Maxalt, Zomig, Amerge, Relpax, Axert, Frova). Some take other medications such as an antinausea medication or NSAID with it. Whatever your doctor has recommended, part of your Plan is being sure you have your medications on hand. In addition to your abortive medications, be sure you have your rescue medications on hand as well. Hopefully you won't need them, but if you do, the last thing you want to discover is that you don't have them. For more information about the different types of medications see Preventive, Abortive, and Rescue Medications - What's the Difference?
  • For those Migraines that strike at home, have a place you can rest as comfortably as possible prepared in advance. For some tips on this, take a look at Make Your Home Friendly During a Migraine.
  • If you sometimes need help from someone outside your home during a Migraine, be sure their phone numbers are near your phone or programmed into the phone. Remembering those numbers during a Migraine may not be possible.
  • Do you sometimes have to go to the ER for a severe Migraine? We have forms that can be filled out in advance to make this easier. See Emergency Migraine and Headache Care - Forms To Help. You may or may not need both of the forms available. The form for patients to fill out has your insurance and contact information. It can speed things  up and make life easier to be able to give this to the person in registration. The other form can be helpful if your ER doesn't know what to do for you or is suspicious of people coming in for Migraine. Your doctor can fill that out for you. Be sure to make copies of this one rather than giving away the original.
  • Do you have young children who may need to be kept occupied when you have a Migraine? Get a storage box and pack it with crayons, coloring books, puzzles, whatever items work for your children. Keep it stocked and somewhere it can be easily accessed.
  • What can you eat and drink during a Migraine? Plan ahead and be sure that you're always stocked with these groceries.
  • Want to be sure your family has nutritional meals even when you're down with a Migraine? Cook double quantities, then freeze meals for them. This can work especially well with soups. Fix a big pot, then freeze meals or individual portions in freezer bags. When you're down, it's easy for someone to thaw and heat these meals.
  • Whether you're at home or traveling, what makes you comfortable during a Migraine? That leads us to...

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