Chronic Migraine Rule #12: Always Bring Ear Plugs

  • Talking
  • Gum popping
  • Feet shuffling
  • Two TVs blaring
  • Pagers beeping & vibrating against tables
  • Six people typing
  • Dialing on speakerphone
  • Phones ringing
  • Printers printing
  • Automatic doors clunking
  • An automatic stapler thunking
  • Sniffing

This is the cacophony I sat with for 45 minutes in a hospital waiting room this morning. The ear plugs that I always, always carry with me? Nope, not in my bag. Fortunately, I only had a migraine hangover, so I wasn’t as extra-super-sensitive as in the pain phase. Still, negotiating the world with migraine is hard enough without getting caught without necessary supplies. I restocked the ear plug supply in my bag immediately upon returning home.

8 Responses to Chronic Migraine Rule #12: Always Bring Ear Plugs

  1. Mindy says:

    Oh yes! I have 2 pairs in my purse, a pair in the diaper bag & an extra in the car! I buy them in bulk! haha I’ve always been uber sensitive to sounds. They didn’t trigger migraines, but I found certain noises very irritating. Looking back I wonder if that was a sign…

    • Mindy, I absolutely think sensitivity to sounds is an early indication of a the hyper-reactive nervous system that characterizes migraine. Similarly, my niece had a super-sensitive scalp when she was little and I wondered if she’d wind up with migraine. She was diagnosed with chronic migraine when she was 11.


      • Mindy says:

        Your comment was so fascinating I had to call my mom right away! We both had very sensitive scalps as children & I also always needed a very dark room to sleep. If there was any slit of light, it would drive me nuts even w/ my eyes shut. My mom is 61 & suffered w/ migraines over half her life. She never went chronic thankfully, but I’d say at times she was close. Now she has fewer migraines but suffers from fibromyalgia.

        • That’s really interesting, Mindy. I definitely think our sensory systems are very sensitive. I wonder if that’s connected to fibromyalgia as well. There’s some research on sensory processing sensitivity that you might be interested in. You can learn more at:

          Take care,

  2. mary says:

    LOVE your advice!!! Really great!

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