Relieving headaches and migraines

I am unfortunate enough to suffer with chronic headaches on top of all the other wonderful things wrong with my body. The Drs aren’t sure if it’s part of my EDS, a side effect of any of the many meds I take or just unrelated but I’ve had them for years and I am kind of used to having a headache these days but some times they blossom into a full blown migraine or just a really really bad headache both of which cause me to fantasise about removing my head or imagining my head explode as that’s what it feels like is going to happen.

I’ve tried painkillers but they don’t really work. Paracetamol is pretty useless now. The co-dydramol I take for my joint pain is well known for causing headaches so I try to avoid that when I have one and I can’t take ibuprofen.

This has caused me to try alternative routes minus the removing my head. I’m a big fan of lying in a dark room with a cold flannel and trying not to move too much but that’s not always practical. So here’s two things I’ve found that help.

Kool ‘n’ Soothe Gel pads £3.25

4head Stick £4.95

Treat&Ease cooling gel patch (I couldn’t find them on boots site but here’s boots own version £2.89)

Then of course there’s the usual, dark quiet room, stay hydrated and try and sleep it off.



The Migraine Kool n soothe pads come in packs of two and are really easy to get into. The treat&ease pads come individually wrapped but the plastic wrapper is really hard to get off and resulted in a few dislocated fingers and having to use my teeth.

I always turn to these when I have a particularly bad headache as a damp cloth usually results in my pillow being wet and not solving my headache problem. These just stick to your forehead and feel heavenly however you do look like a bit of an idiot and they’re not great for being in public. My mum calls them my head sanitary towels. 

I compared the two as I wanted to see how the cheaper option measured up. Aside from the ease of getting into them I’m not sure how much difference there was. The kool n soothe pads do tend to stay on a tad longer & I did think they felt a bit cooler when on but I suppose it depends on how much you want to pay. I think I’ll probably stick to the slightly more expensive ones.



The 4head stick is what I turn to when I don’t want to walk around with a gel pad on my forehead. I have no idea how it works but it does. It tingles a bit and feels cool and really does help with a headache. It is well worth every penny. I need to replace this one as it’s nearly empty and has started to crystallise but they last for a long time. 


And here’s a picture of how awesome you could look with the must have headache accessory.


What do you find helps with a headache?

Any tips?



One thought on “Relieving headaches and migraines

  1. Scalp tension, believe it or not, seems to be a contributor to headaches. A good scalp massage helps with my wife’s morning headaches. I shall get the 4Head stick and gel pad for her to try.
    Hope you get rid of yours.

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