Product Review: FoMI Hot/Cold Gel Therapy Eye Mask

In a recent Amazon order, I acquired a handful of holistic relief methods for migraines. I have already posted the first review from that order (Review for Aculief found here!), and here is the next!

The second item I would like to talk about is FoMI’s Hot/Cold Gel Therapy Eye Mask. This is a mask that is designed to reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eyes, and is a good size to be used for muscle aches around the body (like the shoulder). It is reversible, vinyl on one side and incredibly soft fabric on the other. It can be used at room temperature (where it still feels cool), heated in the microwave (the company recommend taking care with this and not heating it for more than 15 seconds at a time and do not put it on your eyes if it is too hot), or frozen. The gel bead filling remains soft and flexible, even after I left it in the freezer overnight.

It comes in three color options: Blue, Stripes, and Leopard (the last of which uses clay and aromatherapy), and all have coordinating elastic straps with Velcro closures.

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I got mine with stripes.

When I woke up this morning with a headache, I went ahead and put mine on and see what happens. The texture reminds me of the TheraยบPearl products, I put it soft-side to my eyes, fastened the straps, and lied down. At first, I thought that it may be too cold, it was almost uncomfortable. However, any ice pack is like that, so I made like Elsa and let it go.

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After a few minutes, I was notably relaxed, and I dozed off. It is very comfortable, even though the straps took a little finessing to get just right, but that is how things are when they are adjustable.

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When I woke up, my headache was just about gone! What I really like about this is that it blocks all light! It’s like a an instant dark/cold room! It was really great! Even after it was no longer frozen-level cold, it was still relaxing, so I just left it on for a while.

It is currently back in my freezer for my next headache or migraine!

Amazon sells this for $9.99, and like the rest of my relief-box order, qualified for free shipping. Definitely a good deal!


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I give the FoMI Gel Eye Mask ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ//๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ I really can’t think of anything about it that I don’t like, honestly. I definitely recommend this to anyone who suffers from Chronic Migraine, or any sort of headache condition. It’s a fantastic addition to your recovery regime.

๐Ÿ’–Hearts and Sparkles!๐Ÿ’–
~Bunny~

A Relaxing Bath to Find a Break

I have mentioned in a previous post, I like to take a hot bath during a migraine attack to find some relief. In that post, I said:

I fill the tub with water as hot as I could stand it, get in, and put my cold compress on the back of my neck or my forehead. While this relief sometimes lasts only as long as I am in the tub (typically during an extreme attack), it can give a good reprieve.

I was inspired to do this by stumbling across a pin on Pinterest. I tried it as the pin says, only with a gel ice pack on my neck instead of frozen peas, but I found that precariously perching a clumsy rabbit on a small bathroom counter whilst in the throws of a migraine attack was not the best idea.

And I already get anxious and woozy when climbing ladders and around heights in general. Almost falling off the bathroom counter is the bad idea to end all bad ideas.

Then there was the time I dislocated my knee cap after nearly falling off my bed…

…but I digress.

I decided that risking my life (hyperbole intended) was not worth it, no matter how much relief it would give, so I adapted it.

So, I am going to give a rundown of my bathe-away-the-migraine routine!

โ„๏ธNote: During a severe attack, I often find that I will only find relief while in the tub. Even though the pain comes back as intense as before I got in, the break is worth it as far as I am concerned.

After summoning up the energy to make my way to the bathroom, I will gather up my iPad, cold compress, and water bottle and make my way to the bathroom. I will put a towel on the floor so it would be easy to reach when I was done. I will also put my small trash can beside the tub if I was experiencing any nausea (just in case). The water bottle would also remain in reach. The water is important, so please don’t forget it! I would light some small candles, I keep some in the bathroom, to avoid using the vanity lighting (can we say, “OWW“?), activate the drain, and turn on the tap.

Make sure the water is as hot as you can stand it. I usually will add some hot springs powder, or bath salts, or a bath bomb to the water. I won’t use strong fragrances for obvious reasons. The other day, I picked up some Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salts that have lavender added to it that I will try during my next bath-worthy attack. Lavender is one of those scents commonly used to aide in headaches and migraines. I don’t intend to use as much as the package says to use in a bath, just enough to relax and give the scent. Sometimes, I will light my oil burner with some peppermint oil. Depends on my mood and my migraine.

When I have the tub filled to my liking, I will climb in slowly to allow myself to adjust. I would put my compress on my head or the back of my neck and eventually lie down and just breathe while soft relaxing music plays from Spotify on my iPad. I like either Josh Groban or Celtic Woman the best, but use whatever helps you to relax.

If at any point while adjusting to the heat of the water I feel lightheaded or dizzy, I will drink some of the cool water from my water bottle. This is why the bottle is important. When my acupuncturist recommended the hot springs powders to me, she told me to make sure I had it nearby and sip it when dizzy.

Sometimes I will meditate, but usually I just focus on breathing. When I am ready, I will get out, put on fresh pajamas, and settle back into bed. Sometimes I feel last relief, sometimes I don’t, but either way, I am relaxed enough to doze off into a healing sleep.

๐Ÿ’–Hearts and Sparkles!๐Ÿ’–
~Bunny~

Product Review: Aculief Acupressure Clip

Hey, everyone, it is my first product review!

Recently, I purchased a few items through Amazon to help treat my migraines without medication. One of those items was a device called Aculief. It is a device that claims to boost energy, reduce tension, and relieve headache pain (among many other benefits) by applying continuous pressure to the LI4 acupressure point. This is the point on that meaty part of your hand between your thumb and index finger.

So, my box arrived today, and I happened to have had a headache when I got home. Perfect! So, I pulled it out and slipped it on my left hand, since that is my non-dominant hand (as directed).

Well, I have had it on for about 2 hours, and I believe I am feeling a difference! The pain seems slightly better, and it has certainly not gotten any worse!

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It is not pretty. Honestly, it is an odd shade of lime green. It does have a sleek design, and isn’t clunky or anything. I have the “daintiest” hands, according to a doctor I had seen after an injury a few years back, so it doesn’t rest flush against my hand. However, I can feel it on the acupressure point, and it isn’t painful or too uncomfortable. I can type with no issue (I am wearing it now!), and it stays on really well! Occasionally, I have to shift it around and put it back into place, but only after moving my hand more than the motion needed to type or use my phone. It is incredibly lightweight, too.

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The device does not use any springs to apply pressure, just the integrity of the plastic it is made of. I really love this, since springs can lose their springy-ness over time, and I don’t think that this will stretch or anything. I would imagine that if it did stretch out, I could pinch it back into shape. (Heck, I just tried, and it can be!)

It sells for $19.99 on Amazon, so a bit of a steep price for a bit of lightweight plastic, but it doesn’t feel flimsy. Besides, if I can save money on medications by using this device, I can handle the price tag! Compared to similar products online, this is a steal!

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I rate the Aculief ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ//๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ ~ It lost a bunny for it’s lack of color options (I would LOVE a purple one!), and I wish it was more effective (I had high hopes), but I would recommend it to anyone who has had success with acupressure and acupuncture therapies! It is definitely worth a try! Besides, the company offers a 60-day money back guaranteeย (this earned back the bunny lost from it not being as effective as I’d hoped)! Just contact them directly if you are not satisfied.

๐Ÿ’–Hearts and Sparkles!๐Ÿ’–
~Bunny~

โ„๏ธUpdate: I woke up at 3:30 this morning still with the same level of headache as when I went to bed (I accidentally dozed off with the device on). Usually, this sort of headache goes nuclear after I sleep a few hours, so I call that a positive result.

Building a Migraine Kit

I’ve seen many Pinterestย pins about building a travel migraine kit. (See examples here and here) These are really great examples, and I wanted to share my version that I recently put together, since I am expecting an Amazon order to arrive at some point tomorrow with more gadgets and gizmos to add to it! I have no intention of keeping one in my car, since I live in Florida and the interior temperatures can quickly exceed max temperatures for most medications and such. However, my box is small (about 12x8x2″ or so), so it will travel well!

Here is what I’ve got so far:

I didn’t include a bottled water because the box is too small and I always have a thermos of water at hand. I carry simpler pain medications in my ever-present purse, as well as my sunglasses and migraine glasses, so I have no need to keep them in this kit (Update: I purchased a small pill box and keep ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin in my kit, now. My Psi Bands, Aculief, and MigraineX earplugs are in there, too. I also had to get a larger bin as a result, but it is still short and easy to store.). Eventually, I will restock my supply of Be Koool patches, and they will live here, too.

Do any of you have a migraine tool kit? What do you like to keep in it?

๐Ÿ’–Hearts and Sparkles!๐Ÿ’–
~Bunny~

Treatment Without Medication

When I posted about Rebound Headache, I intended to include a list of my favorite med-free reliefs in the same entry. However, since that post got a bit long, I decided to make a separate post to talk about ways to treat migraine pain without reaching for the closest pill bottle. Of course, I am not saying that you may eventually need to reach for said bottle, but I know I like to keep those as a last resort, since I have had too many experiences with rebound.

There are a load of treatments out there, but these are my personal favorites. (Warning: long post ahead!)

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