by Nevada Pain
Migraine causes severe pain that lasts for hours or days. It causes episodes or attacks of headaches accompanied by vomiting, nausea, and intense sensitivity to sound and/or light.
Migraine attacks can be very painful. Typically, you’ll experience a one-sided pulsing or throbbing sensation in your head that hampers you from doing anything but lie down and rest in a quiet room until the pain goes away. Common symptoms of impending migraine attacks include sensory warning symptoms such as blind spots and flashes of light.
There are various medications available that help lessen the severity and frequency of migraine headaches. The right treatment, along with lifestyle changes, can significantly reduce the pain caused by migraines. Listed below are five of the best treatment options for migraine.
#1 – Avoid Migraine Triggers
It helps to find out what triggers migraine attacks for you so you can avoid these triggers. Keep a diary with you, and list all foods and activities that appear to be related to your migraines. Some of the more common migraine triggers include:
- Certain foods and ingredients like monosodium glutamate (MSG), caffeine, chocolate, cured meats, yogurt, aged cheese, pickled foods, and nuts among others
- Lack of sleep
- Hormone fluctuation
- Skipping meals
- Strong odors and fumes
- Certain medicines
#2 – Medications
This treatment is recommended if you experience frequent migraines, usually more than one migraine a week, and there are severe symptoms. You may take preventive medication daily or as suggested by your doctor. Preventive medications include:
- Anti-seizure medications including valproic acid (Depakote), topiramate (Topamax), and gabapentin (Neurontin)
- Antidepressants including nortriptyline (Pamelor) and amitriptyline (Elavil)
- High blood pressure medications including calcium channel blockers and beta-blockers
# 3 – Abortive Treatment
Abortive medications help stop a migraine when you feel an attack coming or once the migraine has started. These medications can be taken by mouth, nasal spray, skin patch, or self-injection. They’re particularly helpful for individuals who experience vomiting and/or nausea due to a migraine attack. Abortive treatments include:
- Sumatriptan (Imitrex, Zecuity, Treximet, Sumavel, Dosepro, Alsuma)
#4 – Mechanical Pain Relief Techniques
Mechanical techniques can be useful in relieving pain. Some are techniques that you can use yourself while at home and others require an appointment with a trained and certified professional. These techniques include the following:
- Massage and reflexology
- Heat and cold
# 5 – Home Remedies
Many people swear by home remedies for their migraines. While some of the home remedies you may come across for migraines have not been proven, there are others that have been shown to offer relief from migraines. Some of these include:
- Muscle relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga
- Getting more sleep
- Resting in a dark room when you feel a migraine coming on or one has started
#6 (Bonus!) -Interventional Treatments
It is advisable to consult a Las Vegas Pain Management Doctor before starting any type or treatment for migraines. Also, any new pain or changes in your headaches and migraines should be reported to your doctor. And, you should seek immediate medical treatment for any pain that comes on suddenly and feels like “the worst headache of your life” as this could indicate a serious and life-threatening condition.
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