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My Migraine Experiences and Tips – Relaxation Basket from Excedrin Migraine ($140) Giveaway {CLOSED}

Did you know that the average migraine lasts for 12 hours for those that don’t take any medication?  Are you one of those that suffer from migraines?  If you are like me, then you do.  And maybe getting a migraine prescription isn’t always feasible either.  There are times when a migraine will hit and there isn’t any headache medication that will help me.  After seeing my doctor, I look for over the counter medications whenever possible and the one that I found to work the best for me is Excedrin Migraine.  For me, there are times when I just feel like I can’t do anything when a migraine hits which is not good for a mom of three kids!  Lights, sounds, and “mom, mom, mom” only makes it worse.  I will do anything for it to go away.

If I don’t take anything for my migraine for one reason or another (I try not to sometimes when it’s just our little guy at home), I turn the lights off or dim them, lie back on the couch with either heat or cooling pack around my shoulders/neck but mainly around my forehead and eyes.  That’s where the pain bothers me most.  Sometimes it varies what works for me when it comes to applying heat or applying a cold compress.  I usually take that time to sit with my little guy while he watches a movie and I relax.  A hot shower also helps a little too after he goes down for a nap.  If I am able to relax and do the things that help me, my migraine pain can sometimes be managed without taking medication.  However, there are a lot of times that I just want it to go away as fast as possible and relaxing just isn’t going to happen.  That’s when I turn to Excedrin Migraine.

About Excedrine Migraine

  • Excedrin® Migraine, a trusted brand, offers convenient and fast relief for migraine pain. In fact, in clinical studies, Excedrin® Migraine starts to relieve migraine pain in just 30 minutes.
  • With Excedrin® Migraine, you’ll get fast and effective relief and get on with your life. Excedrin® Migraine is the first non-prescription medicine approved by the FDA to treat all the symptoms of a migraine.
  • Excedrin® Migraine is the #1 Neurologist recommended over-the-counter pain reliever for migraine pain relief.
  • Excedrin® Migraine contains acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine.
  • Excedrin® Migraine is available in Geltabs, Tablets and Caplets.
  • See your doctor for diagnosis of migraines and treatment options.

Of course minimizing your migraines is a lot better than having them all the time.  After talking to my doctor, I learned that drinking plenty of water to keep myself hydrated will help reduce frequency of migraines.  There was a time when I wasn’t even drinking as much water as I should have and after increasing my water intake, my migraines have become less frequent along with a few other things I do after talking with my doctor.  There are also aerobic excercises that you can do that only take 10 to 20 minutes that can also help minimize the frequency of your migraines.  My doctor helped me out by giving me the information about the excercises that would work for me.

Another great tip is to keep a log.  Write down when you have a migraine, what you were doing or eating when your migraine occurs, how long they last and what kind of pain you are experiencing with your migraine.  For me, mine is usually a non-stop pounding, sharp pain that sticks around all day unless it’s taken care of.  I also experience searing through my head and eyes.  This doesn’t occur all the time so it’s not always the same.  Other times my pain is in the back of my neck where the back of my head meets.  Having all this information for my doctor helps when it comes to finding what works for me and what we can do to help my suffering.  Since I also prefer over the counter medications whenever I can, he was the one that suggested I try Excedrin Migraine when we were talking about medication for pain.

 Below are a few results of a survey that was taken that may be interesting to you

Nearly two-thirds (61%) of adult migraine sufferers would willingly wait in a long line rather than suffer from migraine pain.  A third (33%) would give up five percent of their annual salary.  Other workers would toss their vacation days (26%) or weekends (17%).  And more than half (52%) would rather visit in-laws. 

Maybe these results sound familiar to you or are similar to how things are for you.  I KNOW my family suffers just as much as I do because I just feel like I can’t funtion as I normally do with migraine pain.  I love Excedrine Migraine because it really works and does work in as little as a half an hour.  Once my migraine pain is gone, I can get back to normal and continue with my everyday routine!

After suffering through migraines for a long time without any medication, I don’t think I can go without taking anything anymore.  Having a migraine really changes me and I become a different person – and it’s not a fun person!  I can’t watch TV, I can’t read, I have to sit in the dark, and don’t anyone dare even talk to me!  I’m just glad that I can always have access to pain relief from my migraines and I would recommend Excedrin Migraine to anyone that suffers through them!  It really does eliminate migraine pain – when I take it, pain is gone in about a half hour without even any lingering feelings of the slightest headache!


Check out to see real migraine stories, and share your tips and suggestions with other sufferers.  You can also visit the Migraine Center at for more information about migraine relief.

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Please Note:  I am not an expert and I am in no way attempting to offer any medical advice.  These experiences are all my own and I have also experienced the tips provided in my post myself.  Please talk to your doctor about Migraine relief.

Thanks to Excedrin Migraine, I received a wonderful Relaxation Basket that is perfect for any migraine sufferer.  Included in the basket is a soothing gel eye mask that works wonders for helping with pain while waiting for my pain to subside.  Also included a therapeutic neck wrap that can be heated or frozen which is also amzing!  There are also a lot more goodies inside for your relaxing needs!  Would you like to win one?


 Inside this adorable basket includes:

*Full-value coupon for any one Excedrin Migraine product (max value $13.99)  *A therapeutic neck wrap that can be heated or frozen, *Swarovski Crystal Ear Buds to listen to relaxing music,  *A soothing gel eye mask, *$15 iTunes gift card to purchase relaxing tunes,  *$50 American Express gift card for additional stress-free needs,  *Foot massager, and a *Back massager

 Not one, not two BUT THREE of my very lucky DustinNikki Mommy of Three readers will win one of these Relaxation Baskets valued at $140 each!

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Giveaway is open to the US.  Giveaway will end December 11 @11:59pm EST.   Winner will be chosen using Winner will have 48 hours to respond after I contact via email. If winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck!

Please Note!  Giveaway winner information MUST be submitted by December 15 so I will be drawing winners as soon as the giveaway is over.  You will still have 48 hours to reply and send your information but please respond ASAP if you win so that I can get all information submitted in time!

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Disclosure: “This is a sponsored post.  Migraine relief and relaxation kit were provided by Novartis Consumer Healthcare, the makers of Excedrin® Migraine; my journey for a migraine free experience is my own.  I was contacted and given this opportunity also by being a member of the one2one network”
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My name is Nicole and I write DustinNikki Mommy of Three. I enjoy writing product reviews and hosting giveaways. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 20 years and we have three kids. When I am not terribly busy running someone to band or soccer practices, I find some time to write. I also like to write about my kids, family and life. My family enjoys the outdoors - hiking, canoeing, and exploring things we haven't seen or been before. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog!
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400 thoughts on “My Migraine Experiences and Tips – Relaxation Basket from Excedrin Migraine ($140) Giveaway {CLOSED}

  1. i have been given prescription meds for my headaches, but they do not work. the docs think they are migraines, but so far nothing they have given me makes them go away. i read recently that a woman had “sinus migraines” and they sound like what i tend to have. “sleepimg the headaches off” in a dark and quiet room seems to work best for me. thank u for this giveaway!

  2. I like to take a hot shower, and than lay in bed in the dark. I can’t stand any noise. I just have to wait for it to end. Moving makes it much worse.

  3. Drinking plenty of water helps reduce my migraine frequency but when I get one, I try to find my own dark spot where it is quiet to relax until my pain subsides. Using a cooling mask also helps!

    1. I have tried using a cold washrag over my face and that has helped. I’ll have to look into getting a cooling mask.

  4. My husband had migraines so bad that all he could do was sleep to get rid of them. He finally had sinus surgery and now he only gets an occasional minor headache. Thank you.

    1. I think a lot of my migraines are brought on by sinus problems too. A lot of times a sinus headache will turn into a migraine for me.

  5. I now get silent migraines. Numbness in face, hands, and auras with a very gentle headache. Not sure why my body went to that from normal migraines.

  6. I agree with everyone else about laying down in a dark room. That is the only thing that seems to help me
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  7. I have found the only thing I can do for relief is lay in a dark room.
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    1. Dark room and complete silence for me too. It can be so hard to be able to get that usually.

  8. For my migraines, I try to drink (gulp) water and lay down, if that doesnt work, I take a painkiller! Thanks for this splendid giveaway

    1. Thanks for the tip. I never feel like eating or drinking during a migraine, but I will have to try this.

  9. i have suffered from migranes for years///three years ago i had a migrance so bad i suffered a brain anuerism…i was in a coma for 3 weeks…i had some short term memory loss…it also happened the very day my only granchild was born… i wasn’t leaving this earth without meeting him…i waited too long for him….he is my heart…..for those that do suffer from migranes try eating a ginger cookie…ginger somehow helps! works for me..hope it will for you as well!
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    1. hmm, ginger cookies–got to love a trick that envolves eating cookies-i have heard that somewhere before i beleive-thanks for that trick!!

    2. Thanks for the ginger tip. So sorry you had to go through that, but glad everything worked out and you can enjoy your grandchild. Migraines are horrible.

  10. Luckily I’ve only had a few migraines in my life. I remember they were so terrible, that the only thing I could do was take aspirin and try to be very still and sleep. I can’t imagine having them all the time. I’ve known people who would get them so badly that they would get sick to their stomach. My best tip is to lie down and try to be as still as possible in a dark room.
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  11. I had a traumatic head injury when I wrecked on a 4-wheeler. Since then, I have headaches that last from a few hours to a few days. I keep Excedrin on hand all the time! I also have a deep penetrating cream that works on my less severe headaches! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. I follow with gfc (psychdog) and I luckily haven’t had much experience with migraines. I do get the occasional headache and I’ve found drinking a full glass of water sometimes helps. I think my headaches may be related to dehydration. 🙂 My mom and brother have suffered with migraines for years so I know they are miserable.

  13. I get some really bad migraines and usually the only thing that relieves it is a really warm bath a couple asprin and laying down!

  14. Shelley Thanks for the tip I never thought to use eucalyptus scent.

    Wow sometimes they hurt so bad that it even hurts to breath.

  15. I get migraines and the only thing that seems to help me is a dark room. I would love to know other tips to get rid of them.

  16. When I get a migraine I have to go down in the basement where it is dark cool and quiet and lay with a cool rag over my eyes.
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  17. When I get a migraine the only thing that I can do is to go into a dark quite room, put a cold cloth on my head and wait for it to pass. Sometimes the steam from a hot shower helps.

    1. the dark is absolutely a must for me, ive told people that light can actualy hurt-many dont beleive me-but when they are severe its the truth-light can hurt!!

      1. I agree! Sometimes I feel so bad for my kids. They’ll grow up thinking mommy always kept them in the dark.

  18. I follow your blog via GFC as disneyfan40. Fortunately I don’t suffer from migraines but my hubby does. What works for him is placing an ice cold towel around his neck for at least 10-15 minutes at a time. This method really helps.

    1. I suffer from migraines a lot. Next time I’m going to try a cold towel around my neck. Thanks for sharing.

  19. As a child, I once had a migraine that lasted days and I had to stay in bed for two days with the lights off. That was tough as a child! Now, when I have them, I become nauseated and have to have the lights off and no smells around me. I haven’t tried Excedrin migraine. I would love to win this package!

    1. That would be horrible to have to suffer through as a child. I’ve had times when they lasted for days as an adult and I could hardly bear it. I finally had to get a shot of Toradol from my doctor and that started to take the edge off.

  20. I agree with everyone about having to be in a dark room. I usually put an ice pack on my head or across my eyes. I also use eucalyptus scent and rub it at my temples or on the tops of my hands & put it under my nose to smell. I also use Excederine Migraine.

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  25. I get Occular Migraines. I usually just lay down. There isn’t much else I can do. I strongly recommend if you have pain around your eyes with headaches, go see your eye doctor. That was who diagnosed me.
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    1. I have horrible eye pain with my migraines, but I never thought of seeing my eye doctor for them. Thanks for sharing.

  26. I know with my migraines I get in the shower and run the water as hot as I can stand it for a few minutes and then as cold as I can take it for a minute and I do this back and forth thing for as long as I can stand in the shower it will usually help to start making it better/ Sometimes it don’t work.

    1. I’ve never heard of doing this, but I’m willing to try anything. Someone once told me to put my feet in a bucket of ice cold water and that would help. It just made my feet cold, but it worked for them.

  27. My mother and sister both get terrible migraines and like many others have said, the only thing that works for them is Excedrine and being in the dark. My sister’s are the worst and more frequent, I’d love to win this basket for her.

    1. I’m sure your sister would be grateful and really appreciate the gift. Sometimes migraines can feel overwhelming and as women we usually have to grin and bear it and keep pushing on. I’m sure it would make her feel great to know that you care and are thinking of her.

  28. My migraines started after I had my second child. I standing in the kitchen thinking I had a terrible headache when everything went black. I went to the eye doctor and he asked me about migraines in my family. My mother suffered from them and all of my siblings have them. I have to black out a room and be in complete silence. My children have learned that when mom has one get the coffee, close the door and talk in a whisper. Great post!


    1. I hope my kids learn to whisper when I have a headache. They still are at an age that they really don’t understand.

  29. I suffer from migraines and the only thing that usually helps is to lay down in a dark room with complete silence.

    1. This will usually do it for me to but it takes forever when you have kids not always possible. Thank you for the advise.

      1. Yes, I have two small boys who don’t quite yet understand headaches. I only get to lay down if my husband is home. If I have them when my husband is at work, I can’t lay down and have to just bear the nausea and the pain until he gets home. It’s awful.

      2. I’ve got four so it’s usually not an option for me either, so I end up taking Excedrin and drinking something with caffeine and praying it will go away.

  30. I do get migranes sometimes. I usually take Excedrine and lay down with my eyes closed. It works fo me.

  31. Great giveaway! I’m a migraine sufferer & recently it has started to affect me more. My mom has given me Icy Hot to rub on my temples to relieve the pain. I have to admit it does help! It eases it until I can fall asleep. I don’t like lights, noise or smells around me when I am suffering. But I do find that this helps as well as Exedrin Migraines (my only pill for choice)

    1. I’ve never heard of using Icy Hot, but I’m willing to try anything. I would love to not have to take so many pills.

  32. When i was younger i would suffer from type A migranes i think is what they told me they were called where i would get blind spots in my eyes and my head would pound so bad couldnt smell anything or have any lights on or it would make it worse. Ive been gratful not to have had a migrane in quite sometime but my mom suffers from them everyday she takes excederin and its the only thing that helps her. I would love to win this wonderful basket for her.

  33. Oh my, this is a wonderful giveaway!
    My migraines started in 1995 while I was pregnant with my 1st daughter. Oh man, the docs put me through a lot of testing. I went to the neurologist & underwent a spinal tap when I was in my 3rd trimester. Since then I’ve had ct’s & mri’s. I’ve been on tons of medications. Sound & light are killer. I tend to take my prescription meds, lay in a cold, dark room & rest for about 3 hours or so. The meds have been hit or miss over the years. I actually have another ct scheduled on the 14th of this month.

    1. My migraines started during my first pregnancy also, but they have been getting worse and more frequent over the years. I’ve been to a lot of different doctors and on a lot of different meds, but none seem to help.

    2. Oh my goodness I thought I was the only one that had them start during a pregnancy!

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