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What should i do relieve my migraine headaches ?

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Dr. Randolph Evans
Neurology 43 years experience
Many things: For acute attacks, ibuprofen, naproxen, and Excedrin will relieve many attacks. If not, your doctor can prescribe a triptan medication (such as imitrex, relpax, (eletriptan) maxalt, etc) which may be more effective. If your headaches are frequent, you may benefit from a daily preventive medication (beta blockers, antidepressants, topiramate, and divalproex sodium) to decrease the frequency.
Dr. Joseph Oommen
Neurology 21 years experience
Migraine Strategy: Determine any environmental triggers and work toward eliminating them. Optimize your internal environment with good nutrition and stress reduction. Medications are effective. If you have more than 2 disabling headache days per month take a preventative medication daily (anti-convulsant, anti-hypertensive, anti-depressant) and use a triptan as needed.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 29 years experience
Get a Brain MRI .
Jul 13, 2013
Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones commented
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Make sure diagnosis is correct. Notoriously over diagnosed.
Jul 13, 2013
Dr. Eric Farbman
Neurology 26 years experience
Neurologist + meds: Migraine headaches (ha) are often very treatable. If you have ha at least 3 days/week, you first need to get on a preventative agent. This will reduce the frequency & intensity of the pain. You also need a med. To take for the acute ha. This is usually a triptan (ie imitrex). You want to get off of any medicine that might be causing rebound/medicine overuse ha (ie excedrin). A neurologist can help.
Dr. Abby Caplin
Dr. Abby Caplin commented
Integrative Medicine 40 years experience
Stress reduction methods and counseling to deal with source of stress can also be very useful in preventing migraine onset.
Dec 19, 2013
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Botox and Surgery: Long term relief of migraines can be achieved with botox. If you have a good response, you may be a candidate for surgery. Surgery has been shown to dramatically decrease the frequency and intensity of migraines. www.themigrainereliefcenter.com.

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