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How Does Anybody Who Lives Alone Manage Migraines Or Headaches?

How Does Anybody Who Lives Alone Manage Migraines Or Headaches?

I live alone. I have chronic migraine. I work outside the home. I just keep pushing myself but I would like to hear if anyone has tips.

posted November 17
A MyMigraineTeam Member

Sorry, I guess my answer to your question needs to be clearer. The answer is "advance preparation". You know you're going to have a migraine so be prepared for it in advance. Like I said, cook and freeze. Have your migraine "bag of tricks" packed with all your medicine and tools you use. My bedside drawer contains all my migraine meds because my newest aura wipes out my vision in less that 10 seconds with a bright yellow white glare. If my pills aren't exactly where I expect them to be, I can't see to even find them. This lack of vision has remained for 10-20 minutes, but the pain starts immediately after the loss of vision, so if I can't find my meds, then I have to lay there in pain until my vision returns. CBD oil and T-relief are in another bedside drawer with a spoon. If I had it my way I'd have a small freezer in there to so icepacks would be nearby, but at least I live in a small house with every room equipped with room darkening curtains. I still own a dog so walking him with a migraine is impossible, but I keep a wide brim hat, double up on sunglasses that wrap around my eyes and do the best I can.

posted 6 days ago
A MyMigraineTeam Member

I was forced too to retire early at the age of 59,thank God my husband is still working and have a good health insurance.

posted 7 days ago
A MyMigraineTeam Member

Since I've had migraines since I was 9, when I lived alone I lived just the same way as I do now. However, I did not own a house back then. I rented, so no yard work. And no kids, but I did have a cat, dog and gerbils so I had pets to care for. With kids it would have been hard. I worked more than 40 hours a week because I needed overtime to pay for doctor bills and allergy shots. I was not diagnosed as migraine yet, because in the 70s you had to have an obvious aura to say it was migraine. Mind you, I had an aura...AIWS. It's just not one that most doctors even knew about. Plus, I had twinkle lights in my peripheral vision, but doctors didn't count that as a aura back then either. We also didn't have any migraine medication. Not even Migraine Excedrin, so I took lots of aspirin or Tylenol, and sometimes both together because as all migraineurs will tell you, mixing those helped. Not good to do it, but it helped. Just like taking too much Tylenol used to help...but once again, not good for us! I did occasionally have phenargan suppositories for nausea and sometimes darvocette for pain, but those meds were rare and precious, so I used them rarely and for only level 9 migraines. So most of the time I was puking and living in the dark, or in bed. I worked with daily pain. I cooked, cleaned, walked the dog three times a day and did the best I could. It was hard. Still is. Thankfully I am now retired, but I still have to do all the regular things everyone else does except for grocery shopping. Hubby does that. We can't afford to eat out or pay for someone else to prep food. I cook all meals, but I freeze up leftovers for the days I am too sick to cook. For example, prior to surgery I froze up enough meals to feed us until I was healthy enough to start cooking again. At least a month worth. I do this by cooking a large meal like lasagna, eat only day one, then the rest gets put in Ziploc bags, dated with contents written on it. I can get 6-8 meals out of lasagna, so 4-6 servings get frozen. I keep a whiteboard with everything in my chest freezer and which level of the freezer it's being kept. Yes, extra work. But when I have a migraine, I won't feel like bending over digging in my chest freezer looking for something to eat. I'll know exactly which bin is holding the lasagna. It really does help if you can't afford to order out...and if you are forced to retire early, you won't be able to afford to eat out anymore.

posted November 20
A MyMigraineTeam Member

Iā€™m trying to go on disability as well.

posted November 20
A MyMigraineTeam Member

I live alone as well. Im very careful because I get dizzy sometimes, and am afraid to drive. The migraine doesn't last very long (the painful part of it). but all of the other good stuff is not fun. The brain fog, and nausea. I am afraid to drive on those days. I had to retire from my job on disability because of them.

posted November 19

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