Migraine and Cheek Tingling: How Patients Cope

Migraine and Cheek Tingling: How Patients Cope

Migraine and Cheek Tingling: How I Cope with Migraine Attacks

Introduction to Migraine and Cheek Tingling

When it comes to coping with migraine attacks, one symptom that often adds to the distress is cheek tingling. As a migraine sufferer myself, I have personally experienced the overwhelming nature of these attacks and the challenges they bring. In this article, I will share my strategies for coping with migraine attacks and the specific symptom of cheek tingling.

Understanding Migraine and Cheek Tingling

Before diving into coping mechanisms, it’s important to understand what migraine attacks and cheek tingling are. Migraines are a neurological condition characterized by recurring headache episodes, often accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and aura. Cheek tingling, also known as paresthesia, is a common symptom experienced during migraine attacks, where individuals may feel a tingling or numbness sensation in their cheeks.

Recording Symptom Changes for Personal Benefit

One of the most beneficial strategies I have found for coping with migraine attacks and cheek tingling is to record symptom changes during an attack. Keeping track of these changes can serve various purposes and provide a sense of control amidst the chaos.

Managing Stress and Reducing Anxiety

Migraine attacks can be incredibly stressful and anxiety-inducing. The overwhelming nature of the pain and other symptoms can make it difficult to think clearly. By recording symptom changes, such as the presence and intensity of cheek tingling, I found that I was able to “dump” my thoughts onto paper and gain a sense of relief. It allowed me to let go of some of the mental burden and reduce stress.

Quick Note-Taking during an Attack

During a migraine attack, it can be challenging to remember all the details once the pain subsides. That’s why I have made it a habit to jot down observations and experiences during an attack. This includes noting the timing of medication intake, any side effects experienced, and the effectiveness of different treatments. For example, I record whether a particular medication provided relief within 30 minutes or took longer to take effect. These observations serve as valuable information when discussing my condition with healthcare providers during future visits.

Addressing Concerns about Medication Usage and Side Effects

Recording symptom changes can also help address concerns about medication usage and side effects. By documenting the timing and effectiveness of different treatments, I can have more informed conversations with my healthcare provider. I can ask questions about potential alternatives, share my concerns about side effects, and work together to find the most suitable treatment plan for me.

Challenges of Reporting Details to the Doctor

While recording symptom changes is beneficial, there are challenges when it comes to reporting all the details to the doctor. It’s important to be aware of these challenges and find ways to overcome them to ensure effective communication.

Time Constraints for Doctors

Doctors often have limited time for each patient, which means they may not have sufficient time to read through all the details of our symptom records. To address this challenge, it’s crucial to provide concise and relevant information. Focus on recording essential observations that directly relate to the effectiveness of your treatment, such as timing of medication intake and avoiding multiple medication combinations.

Doctors’ Priority: Effectiveness of Acute Treatment

It’s essential to understand that doctors are primarily concerned with the effectiveness of acute treatment for migraine attacks. When reporting symptom changes, make sure to highlight how quickly a medication works within two hours of intake. This information can guide doctors in evaluating the efficacy of the treatments used.

Insurance Requirements

Insurance companies prioritize proof of days of incapacity rather than detailed symptom records. While recording symptom changes is valuable for personal benefit, it may not be directly recognized by insurance companies. However, by providing detailed records of your symptoms and treatment outcomes to your healthcare provider, you increase the chances of obtaining appropriate documentation for insurance purposes.

Determining When to Record Symptom Changes

It is not necessary to record symptom changes during every migraine attack. Instead, it’s important to record symptoms with a specific objective in mind. Here are scenarios where recording symptom changes can be beneficial:

Determining the Most Effective Medication

Keeping track of symptom changes can help identify which medication provides the most relief for your migraine attacks. By noting the effectiveness of different treatments, you can work with your healthcare provider to find the most suitable medication. For example, you may find that one medication provides better relief for cheek tingling compared to others. As a personal example, I noticed that taking medication A reduced my cheek tingling more effectively compared to medication B.

Assessing the Speed of a Drug’s Action

Recording how quickly a particular medication acts can also be valuable information. If you notice that a certain treatment provides faster relief for your cheek tingling, it can help guide your choices during future attacks. For instance, I realized that medication C acted faster in alleviating my cheek tingling within 30 minutes of intake. This knowledge allows me to make more informed decisions when choosing which medication to take during an attack.


Coping with migraine attacks and cheek tingling can be challenging, but recording symptom changes during an attack provides valuable benefits. It helps manage stress, provides quick note-taking during an attack, and addresses concerns about medication usage. While there may be challenges when reporting details to the doctor, finding a balance in recording symptom changes based on individual needs and goals is essential. By doing so, we can navigate the complexities of migraine attacks and improve our ability to cope with them.

Jenny from Migraine Buddy

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