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How I Learned to Cope with Migraines

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How I Learned to Cope with Migraines

The first time I thought about self-management of pain was during a hike in Scotland with friends where the downhill return was going to take approximately 3 to 4 hours. Whether it was the lack of water or the tension from carrying my backpack, I realized that I was developing a migrane headache. I had the blurry vision and funny taste in my mouth that would always come before the complete state of feeling partially paralysed and having to stay in complete darkness for several days until it subsided. I knew this feeling all too well. I knew that I needed to get down from this mountain or I was not going make it.

The first time I thought about self-management of pain was during a hike in Scotland with friends where the downhill return was going to take approximately 3 to 4 hours. Whether it was the lack of water or the tension from carrying my backpack, I realized that I was developing a migraine headache. I had the blurry vision and funny taste in my mouth that would always come before the complete state of feeling partially paralyzed and having to stay in complete darkness for several days until it subsided. I knew this feeling all too well. I knew that I needed to get down from this mountain or I was not going to make it.

As soon as I realized that panicking was only making it worse so I started to focus on a sharp pain that I had in my right foot from a small pebble that had fallen into my shoe. I focused on this pain to take my mind off the symptoms that were worsening. I then began breathing with each step and trying to focus each breath with every 2 steps and then began to try to take as long a breath as I could while counting the number steps until I took the next breath. This mental focus both seemed to relax me but also distracted me from the symptoms.

I only realized how amazing the strategy was once I reached the bottom and still, the migraine had not developed. The relief of having reached the car also seemed to further relax me so that I never actually had the migraine until I reached home. It was also not as bad as usual and I woke up the next day feeling better.

I have since suffered very few migraines because I use this strategy of breathing and meditation when I feel the symptoms from the very start. It seems it only works when I can catch it before it has progressed too far though so it does not always work. However, I cannot remember the last bad headache I have had. I continued to research the benefits of deep breathing and mind training for pain management. Now it’s a big part of Megginson Method and if you suffer from chronic pain – contact me and I will help you to find a solution.

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