A Migraine Treatment Twist: Treat Yourself Like a Rock Star

March 15, 2012

It hardly seems like a year has passed since we saw CBS2 reporter Serene Branson suffer a migraine attack during her on-air report outside the 2011 Grammy Awards, causing her to speak incoherently.   One year later, a migraine again took center stage when Sean “Diddy” Combs checked into the UCLA Medical Center emergency department for migraine treatment, following his post-Grammy party. 

Chronic migraine sufferers in the public eye face unique challenges that can hamstring even the best performers.  They are subjected to some of the harshest sensory stimulation associated with triggering migraine headaches, such as flashing bright lights, loud noise, and big crowds. 

If you struggle with chronic migraine symptoms, it can be reassuring to know that you are sharing this experience with celebrities.  You can also take some migraine treatment tips from how stars cope, by avoiding these all-too-common triggers.

Intense visual stimulation. While most of us don’t walk the red carpet or face paparazzi flash bulbs, we do cope with computer screen glare, flash photos at birthday parties, and traffic headlights while commuting.  The fabulous and famous are often seen wearing sunglasses indoors and at night…Perhaps not so practical if you don’t want to appear out of place among the rest of us.  However, subtly tinted eyeglasses do help, as well as applying a screen glare shield to your computer, and avoiding staring directly at the camera shooting your photo at Aunt Carol’s birthday party.

Loud Noise. You may not be living the rock star party lifestyle, but attending loud hockey games, volunteering in schools with screaming children, and navigating city streets can be more than overwhelming for chronic migraine sufferers.  Inconspicuous earplugs may just be what you need to muffle the noise.  Rock performers have been using them for years to preserve their hearing.

Big Crowds. You may not be hosting a Grammy party, but you may be hosting the annual soccer parent dinner.  Either way, you need to be present, pleasant and not in excruciating chronic migraine pain.  It helps to take little breaks and retreat from the group so that you can regain some inner calm before re-engaging.  This will give you the opportunity to take a peaceful walk or lie down in a quiet space for a little while. 

Even if you’re not a rock star, you can treat yourself like one… to get the migraine treatment you need.

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