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how might my migraine headache be treated?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Several possibilitie: First identifying triggers in the diet or lifestyle are important as that may abort them altogether. I also suggest chinese medicine and acupuncture as I have seen headaches disappear during treatment. There are also medications that can help a great deal when one starts.. So having several options is very helpful!
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. Jason Hall
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
Headache Specialist: A headache specialist is the best place to start in seeking effective migraine treatment. They will review your symptoms and make sure the appropriate testing is done. Medication is the first place to start, but for some patients, avoidance or modification of triggers (including nerve decompression surgery) is necessary for long-term treatment.

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Which migraine medications are safe while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
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Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin: Certain medicines are safe for nursing and some are not. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Ibuprofen are safe medicines for nursing and effective for migraines. If you are on other medicines and want to know if they are safe, speak to your physician. Here's a website where you can access information about the safety of specific medicines: http://toxnet.Nlm.Nih.Gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?Lact.
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Are headaches and migraine related to ehlers-danlos syndrome?

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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management 48 years experience
See Neurologist: I don't know of a association in general but in vascular eds. There is a tendency for blood vessels to burst. You need to see your doctor to see if you might have this involvement from eds. Anyone with eds can garden variety migraines but you need to get the headaches checked out.
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Can children get migraine headaches?

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Yes: Prevalence of migraine is 2.5% under the age of 7, 5% from age 7 to puberty, and 10% in postpubertal girls. Migraine without aura is twice more common than the one with aura in school-age children.
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Do diabetics get more migraines?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Not usually: Nothing in the literature indicates this group more suceptible.
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What are prophylactic medications for migraine headaches?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Several: Topiramate, certain beta blockers(not all penetrate the blood brain barrier) and verapamil are the mainstays to date.

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