When I'm in the unrelenting, agonising pain, the only thing which prevents me from going completely crazy is distraction. Without distraction, the whole world is pain and every second feels like an hour.
The only way I've managed to find to cope with the pain, when I'm waiting for my meds to kick in or when the meds have failed me, is to distract my mind as much as possible. As much as possible in this case, is still pretty limiting.
If I'm not being too affected by light, then I put the tv on and watch something which requires very little brainpower, like Hollyoaks or Charmed. As long as it's entertaining enough to distract me but doesn't need to to think about what I'm seeing then it's good enough.
If the light is a problem, or when the pain wakes me in the night and I need to try and sleep as soon as possible to escape the pain and allow the meds to work, I have a different tactic. This tactic has been greatly improved by a recently purchase as well.
In those times, I put on an audiobook of a book I've read before. This means that the story distracts me but I don't have to concentrate on it as I know what happens. I have devices loaded with audiobooks of books I've heard before right next to the bed at all times.
The problem I was having though, was that my big headphones only allow me to lie on my back to use, and since I'm normally trying to relieve the pain my pressing half my face into the edge of the pillow and I'm squirming around then they don't really work and in ear headphones just fall out of my ears. But now I finally have a great solution to my headphones problem, now I've bought myself some SleepPhones.
SleepPhones are headphones which are inside a fleecy headband. I wondered before I got them whether they would be as comfortable as they looked and whether the sound quality would be good enough to listen to audiobooks and I'm very happy on both counts. They are my new migraine distraction saviour.
My mind has turned to the issue of distractions today as I have an appointment at the hospital for my eye problem tomorrow afternoon and last time I had an appointment there I was mid-migraine. The drops they use to dilate my pupils dilates my vision for 4-6 hours afterwards and I remember vividly the last time how much I needed the distraction. I was lucky enough for a friend to accompany me and talking with her during all the waiting really helped with distracting me when I was there but as soon as I got home and I didn't have a distraction without my vision, I was just in tears as the pain was taking over everything and I couldn't think through it or beyond it. This time, I'll make sure an audiobook and my SleepPhones are set up ready so that as soon as I get back they'll be there in case I get struck by migraine again this time.
I really feel for the migraine sufferers who are so sensitive to sound during a migraine that they can only bear a whisper, as they won't have the audiobook option I know that I can always use and the pain just feels like it's ten times worse when there's nothing but the pain filling my head.
I'd be interested to know what other migraine sufferers use as distraction techniques whilst they have a migraine. Please let me know in the comments!