Migraine Treatment And Prevention Tips


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There is no cure for migraines but there are many ways in which the condition can be managed and treated and these include identifying one or more of the triggers which may be responsible for your condition. In addition, medical studies have shown that there may well be a migraine personality where a migraine sufferer could have one or more of these characteristics: perfectionist; highly strung; conscientious; orderly; analytical; critical.

Such characteristics may in turn help the sufferer to understand why a particular trigger causes the onset of a migraine headache. A significant change in a sufferer's life style is probably necessary. The following changes could make all the difference:

-- Identify the triggers for your migraines and avoid these.
-- Establish regular sleeping hours even when on holiday or over weekends.
-- Try to sleep in a quiet and dark room.
-- Take regular exercise and if necessary, exercise under the supervision of a trainer.
-- Learn and follow stress management techniques.
-- Learn and follow a relaxation routine.
-- Try to avoid taking tea, coffee, cola drinks or heavy meals before going to sleep.
-- If you are a diabetic, in addition to being a migraine sufferer, then eat small amounts of food frequently.

If you are diagnosed with migraine, your doctor will inform you of the different medications which can be prescribed together with any possible side effects. He will monitor symptoms like nausea and vomiting. There are two types of medicine used for treating migraines - namely prophylactic medication (taken every day to reduce the severity and frequency) while the other is abortive medication (only taken if a migraine begins).

Some complementary treatments for migraines include:

-- Botox which has been used with success in some sufferers for reducing the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks.
-- Acupuncture which has offered some sufferers relieve and a better quality of life.
-- Chiropractic (a method employing a holistic approach to pain relief through massage, spinal manipulation and periodic adjustment of joints and soft tissue) which has had some positive results with migraine sufferers.
-- Natural healing products (produced from essential oils and applied to the forehead, neck and temples as well as the soles of the feet) are becoming popular for treating migraine headaches.

It is important to treat a migraine as soon as it starts and, while the treatment is doing its work, to drink plenty of water and to rest quietly in a darkened room.