The final product I chose to try was Ice Kap. When it comes to dealing with Cluster Headaches, no ice pack has ever felt better than the cold, tight compression of my Ice Kap. As a bonus, it is the only one that can also be warmed in the microwave. Given my return to chronic cluster headache status, it gets used a lot.
Like the other wearable products, Ice Kap is easy to wear as you move about during the day. It is comfortable to sleep in, although not as stretchy as MigraCap. Long hair can be pulled through an opening in the top, too. Gel packs are flexible when frozen and can be removed to treat just one area. This is the only product I tried with a gel pack over the top of the head. With 5 removable gel packs, it truly does cover every square inch of my head. I can pull it down to cover my eyes, too.
Ice Kap does have some unique features not available with the other products I tried.
- Gel packs can be safely heated in the microwave. When neck stiffness sets in, this is a definite plus.
- It has built-in Velcro straps to tighten it around the head. For cluster headache attacks, this feature is indispensable.
- Ice Kap comes in 4 sizes, so you will need to measure the circumference of your head before placing your order. If you prefer a looser fit, just order one size larger.
Ice Kap is the most expensive product I have tried. The Deluxe 2.0 version retails for $69.99. Given the hundreds of dollars I’ve spent searching for just the right ice pack, I would have been money ahead to simply purchase an Ice Kap. It meets my needs better than anything else I have tried. However, Migraine Hat has spoiled me with its insulated cooler. I really wish I had one for Ice Kap, too. It’s pretty durable, but the stitching of the Velcro strap on the right side has come loose. I tend to tighten that side down more during a cluster attack, so I’m sure it’s just been worn out from excessive use.
No ice pack is perfect because each of us have unique needs. What I consider disadvantages, just might be a plus for you.
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