Monday, November 12, 2012

Introduction to Excedrin Program+Giveaway

I've suffered from migraines for the past 10 years of my life. They are usually mild to moderate, but sometimes can be severe.  Migraines are horrible and if you suffer from them, then you understand completely how I feel.  I'm sensitive to light and sometimes sound when I get these pesky things. It usually can help to reduce the pain if I take medicine right away, but if I wait too long then it's too late. The migraine is there to stay for some time. Stress and lack of sleep usually bring them on.  I'm always researching online ways to prevent migraines and figure out what triggers them.

Excedrin Migraine is the #1 neurologist recommended over-the-counter brand for migraine relief. It offers convenient and effective relief for migraines, and was the first non-prescription medicine approved by the FDA to treat all symptoms of a migraine.  Excedrin's migraine medication was amazing. It helped my migraines so much.  They recently recalled it which I was upset over since it was my go-to medication.  I've since gotten a migraine prescription which is working well. It is now back on the shelves.

I recently was asked to be an Excedrin Blogger Ambassador, which I am so excited about! It's very rewarding to be an ambassador for a company that I highly respect.  I'm also looking forward to connecting with other bloggers and sharing tips, stories, and advice.

I was sent an iPod Touch by Excedrin and told to use a special app on it to track my migraines.  The makers of Excedrin along with a leading neurologist, recently developed a new app called My Migraine Triggers.  This is available through the iTunes store and is free to download.  With this app, migraine sufferers can track their migraine triggers and gather the data put into reports and charts that can easily be shared with physicians.

My migraines are tracked in a little notebook that I keep in my purse. I usually can tell if a migraine is coming that day or not.  Everyday I either record my migraines, or if I get lucky enough not to have one, I write "no migraine day!" on the page.  When I do have one, I list which side of my head it's occuring on, what I think the possible triggers could be (lack of sleep, too much salt, etc) and how severe it is.  I use the ranking of 1-10 for severity, with 10 being the highest.  Luckily I've never had a 10 before, I imagine that would be pretty scary.  My migraines are usually around a 3-4.  Sometimes they can be a 5 but I'm grateful that they are mild to moderate.  The pain usually lasts anywhere from 5 to 8 hours.  It really helps me to lay down and close my eyes and put a heated wrap on my head.  If I am at work or out in public, it can be really difficult to deal with the migraines.  I just have to hope that my medicine kicks in quickly enough to help.

The app that I've downloaded is wonderful.  It asks you questions about your migraines, and you fill in the answers.  The questions are more in depth then the information I used to write down in my notepad.  The app asks you things such as what time did the migraine start, how long did it last, how intense was the pain, were warning signs there, did you skip any meals, etc. These questions are helpful in knowing everything you can about this attack. It saves your migraine information daily, so you can go back and look at it whenever you want.  The best part about this app is that you can send your migraine information and trigger chart over to your doctor through email.  How amazing is that? You don't even have to make an appointment to see your doctor, just send them the chart and information and they can respond with their thoughts and advice! If you don't want to email over the information, you can print it out and share it with them that way. I have not shared the app info with my doctor yet, but I will be very soon.

I truly believe this app is a lifesaver.  I love the fact that it exists and is there to help me as much as possible.  I don't know how I lived life without it before.  I look forward to using it on a daily basis.  

If you suffer from migraines, what do you do to track them? What are some of your triggers? I'd love to hear from you in the comments.  Excedrin would also love for you to visit their Facebook page and chime in with its audience for migraine support.  Please feel free to download the app at MigraineResource.com.  It will truly change your life.

*DISCLOSURE* I am a paid blogger ambassador for Excedrin Migraine.

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68 comments:

  1. Pain killers and a nap are the best for me.

    Thanks!

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  2. Right now I take 800 mg of ibuprofen for bad headaches!

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  3. I usually just rest and take some ibu.

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  4. Depending on the severity of the migraine, I usually take Excedrin, dull the lights, and eat a healthy snack. For the worst migraines, I lay down in a quiet dark room and try to relax/nap.
    rsafier92@gmail.com

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  5. I deal with migraines by taking a pain killer and laying down in a dark room. Going to sleep is the best thing.
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  6. I used to take prescription medication for my migraines, but hated having to rely on pharmaceuticals. Now whenever I feel the onset of a headache I lie down in a dark, cool room with (don't laugh) a bag of frozen peas over my eyes.

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  7. I like to use an acupuncture mat!

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  8. I have a prescription for really bad ones

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  9. Lie down and close my eyes for awhile

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  10. the only thing that works for really bad headaches is vicodin

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  11. dark room, cold washrag, ibuprofen, and a caffeinated soda or beverage.

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  12. When I was younger I had migraines much more frequently than I do now. I think over the years I have pretty much figured what triggers them and try and avoid doing certain activities or eating particular foods.
    When I had them super bad I did have meds to control the constriction of blood vessels and it helped if I took the meds in time. Usually laying down where it was quiet and dark did the trick and something cold on the back of my neck.

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  13. I take Exedrine with a cup of coffee and lay down in a dark room for a bit.

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  14. I try to get into a dark room and fall asleep before it gets too bad.

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  15. Red wine triggers mine. I stay away.

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  17. When I have a migraine, I lay down in a dark and quiet room.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  19. My best two methods are sleep and a warm washcloth over the eyes with a couple of drops of peppermint oil. Migraines are the worst! I've had the same one for 5 months straight now.

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  20. I find that an ice pack and a dark room work wonders.

    rebecca.nvcl (at) gmail.com

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  21. this is great for migrains and back pains

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  22. If possible, I'll take a painkiller and lie down in a dark room with a cool cloth and a cup of tea.

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  23. I use the Excedrin Migraine when I first feeling them coming on.

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  24. I lay down and take some aspirin.

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  25. close the curtain to make it dark, and I drink coffee

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  26. I drink peppermint tea and lay down in the dark with no sounds on.

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  27. a nap usually helps. also drinking lots of water.

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  28. I actually use excedrin migraine or vicodin if I have it. Nothing works except drugs or sleeping it off.

    heatherc191@gmail.com

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  29. I'll use Excedrin Migraine, turn off the lights and make sure it is totally quiet.

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  30. I'm so glad it's back on the market, I just picked up some yesterday. It's the only thing that works for my migraines. Unfortunately, I've been having them since I was around 10. They are horrible!

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  31. I do have migraines & i do keep track of them I also notice that I get a really hard migraines after I eat or playing games outside with the family (the sun?).

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  32. Alexa Nernberg
    (alexa.1959@live.com)

    Hi Sammi, I have suffered with migraines since I was 10 years old. I am now 53. I have perscription medication that I take, when I get a migraine. It's called Relpax and it's wonderful. I am usually migraine-free after 30 minutes at the most. Amother thing that helps ease the pain is a freezer pack. Heat makes the migraine worse for me. Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway and the opportunity to participate.

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  33. I cry on the inside and stay away from bright lights. Lieutcrunch27 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  34. I have optical migraines, so there is nothing I can really do for them, except take a pain killer and rest.

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  35. my triggers are increase work stress, fluorescent lights, lack of sleep and too much caffeine. All 4 combined together aka Mondays = a firestorm of a migraine

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  36. Pain killer and a cool cloth with rubbing alcohol and a dark room

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  37. I take pills, sometimes an ice pack.

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  38. I don't have migraines but use Excedrin for fibromyalgia and mostly osteoarthritis in my spine and joints. It give me energy and takes away the throbbing soreness.

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  39. A nice hot bath usually helps! And silence!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  40. A dark, quiet room with ice on my head and heat on the back of my neck. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  41. Imitrex, a heating pad and a dark room are helpful for my migraines.
    treneebarker at hotmail dot com

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  42. Hormonal fluctuations are my biggest triggers, followed by extreme weather shifts.
    jenswps at yahoo . com

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  43. I've only had 2 in my life and I thought I was going to die. I don't remember what I did.

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  44. i don't have to deal with that, but my son does

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  45. I usually take an excedrin and turn off the lights

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  46. I take my pills and put a warm wash cloth over my eyes
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  47. I just lay down this usually helps.

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  48. Dark quiet room and lay down

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

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  49. i take some motrin and turn off the lights, sometimes i get a heating pad
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    rochelle johnson

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  50. I lay down and try to go to sleep.

    jennylovesjeff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  51. Lay down with cool wet wash cloth. Takes forever for them to go away.

    tdlsfm(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  52. I take Excedrin now lol it usually works, if not I need to go in for a shot.

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  53. I ease my migraine by taking Excedrin and putting a cool cloth over my eyes and rest in a dark room for a while.
    Me4Wrest@gmail.com

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  54. Plenty of rest and lots of water. s2inamug at aim dot com

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  55. Sleep, no noise, eye mask, ear plugs, and Excedrin Migraine.

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  56. I've always used Excedrin Migraine & it works wonders :)

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  57. Ice pack for my eyes, and I go to bed.

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  58. I usually just take some meds and lay down.

    BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  59. excedrin migraine and a HOT bath if that dont work darkness and sleep if possible

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  60. I can always feel a Migraine coming on as I start to feel nauseous and then feel a pounding behind my eyes. I usually take Excedrin and then lay down in our bedroom where all the shade are drawn and it is nice a quiet.
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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  61. i keep a cold washcloth in the freezer so i use that when I feel one coming on!

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  62. I lay down and block out the light.

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  63. I'm luck that I don't suffer from migranes. My friend takes a nap in a dark room.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  64. I get in a pitch black room and rest my eyes for as long as possible

    sarahyurga@yahoo.com

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