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A 42-year-old member asked:

What can be done for migraine headaches?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 59 years experience
A lot !!: Keep a headache diary, find your own trigger factors and avoid them, see a headache specialist for the appropriate medication to prevent them.
Dr. Jason Hall
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Proper diagnosis: A consultation with a board-certified neurologist and a proper diagnosis of migraines is the key to finding the best treatment for you. Medication helps for some patients, while others require nerve decompression surgery (done by plastic surgeons with training in this field) to cure them of migraines.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
Many treatments: Start by avoiding things that give you headaches. Treatment of acute headaches include non steroidal antiinflammatory meds such as Ibuprofen and naprosyn. the combination of Reglan (metoclopramide) and Ibuprofen orally. Newer medications of the family of triptans such as maxalt. Prophylactic medications include amitriptyline, Topamax, Depakote, Inderal, Periactin
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 49 years experience
Learn to manage: Migraine is very common. There is no cure. There is a way to manage. The first step is to try to understand the triggers. Often it is stress, sudden release from stress, change in weather, lack of sleep. Some find a specific food or drink can be the trigger. Next is prompt medication. Quickly take an effective medication to abort the attack. Often just a NSAID or a triptan or combination.
Dr. Jason Hall
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Proper diagnosis: Having a migraine correctly diagnosed by a neurologist is the key to successful treatment. Medications are the first line treatment, and there are many for your neurologist to choose from. Botox shots is specific trigger points is helpful in some migraineurs, and if this is effective, surgical nerve decompression may offer a permanent solution to the headaches. See a neurologist first, though.

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There is no easy way: When it comes to migraines, there is no definitive way. You must, through trial and error, figure out what triggers your migraines and eliminate that from your life. Triggers are unique to everyone, so there is no pat answer--if there was, it would be common knowledge. Figuring this out takes a lot of effort and time. A good migraine doctor can help you along the path.
Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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