No matter how effective our preventive regimen is, we’re going to be struck with a Migraine from time to time – sometimes at home; sometimes away from home, which is even more difficult.
To make those Migraines easier to deal with, let’s form a Migraine Action Plan and Pack, let’s MAPP them. MAPP stands for** Migraine Action Plan and P** ack. Put your organizational skills to work and plan ahead to reduce the impact of Migraines and increase both your quality of life and your family’s. We’ll show you how…
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.
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Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.