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Any Migraine Sufferers out there?

Travel Forums General Talk Any Migraine Sufferers out there?

1. Posted by RichyF (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Just wondering if anyone else suffers from migraines and how you cope when you have been travelling and suffered from one.

It is possible my worst nightmare to suffer from a migraine when im travelling as i know it will be the worst experience ever.

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Hey Richy!

I suffered from migraines for many years - about 1-2 per week at their peak. Travelling with that type of pain is almost unbearable, so I understand your concern. Are you currently taking any medication for them? If so, be sure to bring your meds with you and a copy of your prescription(s) in case you need to refill for whatever reason.

Do you get any of the warning signs upon onset of the headache (ie: seeing stars, mild ringing in the ears, auras or tunnel vision)? Also, have you identified any of the "triggers" leading to your migraines (ie: alcohol (especially red wines), chocolate, bright lighting, etc.)? Lastly, are they bad enough that they cause vomiting? (Sorry, but if so, may have some advice there too.)

My warning signs were seeing stars and I knew I had about 15-30 minutes before the pain would begin. No matter where I was, I would try to find the quietest and most dimly lit place to sit, close my eyes, relax my shoulders (as much as possible) and "meditate" about stopping the pain before it started. I would visualize the headache as a large red ball and as I would relax my shoulders and neck, see that ball getting smaller and turning to blue. I would carry cotton balls in my pockets so I could plug my ears from extraneous noise - which would be exaggerated as the pain started. If I had access, I would make an icepack to place around the base of my neck to control the increased blood vessel dilation that initiates the headache. (Actually practice the meditation with or without a headache before you start the trip.)

If you are stuck taking something like ibuprofen for the headache, and caffeine is not a trigger for you, take the med with a cup of coffee or a cola drink. The caffeine will help enhance the effectiveness of the ibuprofen. I would take them as soon as I would start to see stars - giving them a headstart at fighting the pain.

If you know any of the triggers, let me know. I can offer more help with a bit more information. I don't want you ending up like me - spending a couple of days of a 7 day vacation in the Caribbean hiding in my dark room while everyone else is having fun. ;)

3. Posted by knighty7 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

I used to get migraines quite a lot, usually after playing football. I have a sort of blurriness in my eyes that got gradually bigger, then in about 30mins the migraines would start. I've now found that it was mainly due to de-hydration so I'm now constantly drinking water, everyday. On the day i'm playing football I try and get through about 6-10 pints of water! I know it's a lot but since I've been doing that I haven't suffered any headaches at all. So I know when I'm away (leaving tomorrow - yay!) I'm just going to make sure I'm always drinking water!

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

Used to get them periodically, although rarely these days. Had one or two bad ones come on when travelling, and it's pot luck as to where you are and how you can deal with it. Not a helpful answer I know, but i couldn't really tell you how i dealt with one i got in the back of a pick up bus in Krygystan a few years ago. I just don't know!