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A 37-year-old male asked:

What should i do for a migraine headache?

6 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jerome Lisk
Neurology 23 years experience
Migraine: You should see a Neurologist. Also look at things that can cause headache, such as high blood pressure, sodium or MSG in your food, increase in weight in the last 6 months that can cause sleep apnea. Also anxiety or stress can make headaches/migraines worse. A neurologist is important to rule out more serious causes of headache/migraine.
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Many ways: Triptan by far is the most effective type of drug but will require a Rx. Otherwise go to a quiet room to sleep it off if possible. Some people find that drink a few cups of coffee or taking a NSAID may help. Alcohol, fasting, irregular sleep habit, stress all tend to play a part. See neurologist if this is a very common problem.
Dr. Matthew Gold
Neurology 46 years experience
Medication: There is a class of prescription medication, triptans, that specifically turns off a migraine in a high percentage of cases. Your doctor will know. If it fails, a 'rescue' pain medicine might be used. If you are having frequent migraines, a preventive medication (taken daily) may be a good option. Don't take any pain med more than 2 days a week on a regular basis; that can lead to more headaches!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Acupuncture can also be helpful for migraine headaches.
May 21, 2013
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
migraine: Try over the counter (otc) medicine, and relax in a quite, dimly lit room/happy place. If your headache does not go away with otc meds, then call your dr. For possible exam/work up and rx meds.
Dr. Priyanka Chaudhry
Neurology 11 years experience
Migraines treatment : Abortive treatment-triptan, nsaids preventive medications like topiramate. See a headache specialist.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Migraine management: Any headache must be viewed as a valid medical disorder and the headache assessment must be comprehensive. Once a diagnosis of migraine has been made, effective management of migraine involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological management, and 3) pharmacological (medical) management. Rec.: see an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation.

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How can you distinguish a migraine from a headache?

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Dr. Eric Farbman
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Migraine = Headache+: Migraines are the most common cause of frequent headache in an otherwise healthy individual with a normal neurological exam. If you have an aura (i.e. See flashing lights) prior to the headache, it clinches it, but that is in a minority of people. Often times the headaches worsen due to medication overuse/rebound. Often after a migraine there will be a "hangover" feeling. There may be nausea.
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A 59-year-old female asked:

I've being having headache is it migraine or not?

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Dr. Robert Kneece
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Need more info: Symptoms, Pain on one side or both sides of your head Pain that feels throbbing or pulsing Sensitivity to light, sounds, and sometimes smells and touch Nausea and vomiting Blurred vision Lightheadedness, sometimes followed by fainting
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A 24-year-old male asked:

How do I stop a migraine headache?

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Dr. Bert Liang
Specializes in Neurology
Number of approaches: There are several ways to abort a migraine headache but it depends on the circumstance as well as the chronicity. You should speak to your local doctor about the details of your headaches who can then help devising a treatment plan with you for the headaches.
A 18-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a migraine and a headache?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 17 years experience
Associated symptoms: Migraines are a particular type of headache. A typical migraine is characterized by throbbing pain on one side of the head, associated with nausea and sensitivity to light, worse with activity and better with rest. They are sometimes, but not always, preceded by an aura (e.g. Flashing lights in the vision). Some migraines are accompanied by focal symptoms and look very much like a stroke.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How can I determine a migraine from a headache?

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Dr. Michael Joseph
Pain Management 28 years experience
They may be the same: Migraine is associated with other symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to light or sounds, visual changes, and pale complexion. The strength of the headache does not help as you can have very mild migraines or strong tension headaches. Migraines also completely go away between episodes. Tension headaches are more likely to linger. If you are having head pain that is new or worse see a doctor.

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