How To Treat Migraines

How To Treat Migraines
April 11 18:08 2019 Print This Article

As you already know if you’ve ever experienced a migraine, they are debilitating headaches that can prevent you from performing your normal activities, including work and recreation. Not only do migraine headaches involve intense pain but also other symptoms, such as sensitivity to light or sound, that can make it difficult to function on even the most basic level.

However, the good news is that, as a migraine sufferer, you have several treatment options available to you. Migraine treatment options fall into two basic categories: acute therapy, which is intended to stop migraine pain after it starts, and preventative therapy, which aims to reduce the frequency of migraine episodes.

Acute Treatment

Medications to relieve the symptoms of migraines as they occur include general pain relievers, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin, or drugs intended specifically to treat migraines. Among the most common of these are triptans, which block pain pathways in the brain by constricting blood vessels. Triptans are available as injections, pills, and nasal sprays. As with all medications, there is a possibility of side effects.

If your migraines are accompanied by symptoms of light or sound sensitivity, you may be able to alleviate them by resting in a dark, quiet room.

Preventative Treatment

If your migraines are unusually severe or frequent, your doctor may recommend preventative treatments. These are used to decrease the severity, duration, and frequency of migraines, as well as helping to make the symptoms more responsive to acute treatment. Examples of preventative treatments include Botox for migraines Jacksonville FL, antidepressants, and beta blockers.

Alternative Treatments

Some patients have found relief from chronic migraine pain with alternative medicine techniques, such as biofeedback, massage therapy, acupuncture, dietary supplements (e.g., vitamins, minerals, herbs), and cognitive behavioral therapy. Self-care measures, such as rest, muscle relaxation exercises, and sufficient sleep, may also help ease the pain.

Research suggests that certain factors can trigger migraine pain. Keeping a diary of your symptoms whenever they occur can help you to identify triggers in order to avoid them in the future.

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Mike Morgan
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Mike Morgan is a health enthusiast and has written several health articles for various health magazines.

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