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what can be done for migraine headaches?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 58 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 19 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 51 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 48 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 19 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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Are over-the-counter medications for migraine effective?

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Dr. Francine Yep
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Yes!: Excedrin migraine and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen, naproxen, Ketoprofen all work well for many people. Sometimes a little caffeine or chocolate does just the trick [unless those are migraine triggers for you!]. Talk with your doc about prevention if your headaches are frequent, severe, your meds don't work, or it's changing your life. Good luck.
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Can eating certain foods help me avoid migraines?

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Can migraine be worse during menopause?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Migraine and menopau: Yes it can be worse if it is triggered by hormonal changes.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Can stress cause migraines?

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Dr. K. Olson
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Psychiatry 39 years experience
Stress migraine: Many illness exacerbations are due to or least somewhat influenced by stress. Stress in the form of worsened sleep, anxious worry, muscle tension, chronic dread, and vigilance could increase frequency and even severity of migraine. Biofeedback which coordinates relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing, and imagery is a successful treatment - for migraine and other illnesses felt to stress-related.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if I have a migraine or just a bad tension-type headache?

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Dr. Laura Arbogast
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
None: A migraine is typically described as throbbing pain and may be associated with nausea and/or vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, or an aura (a funny taste, smell or visual disturbance that lets you know you're going to have a migraine). A tension headache is described as a vice like squeezing sensation around your head sometimes associated with stress or a lot of strain on your neck muscles.

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