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A 33-year-old member asked:

how do you manage severe migraines?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Preventative Treat: Alot of the management depends on the pattern. If your headache is mainly around your menstrual period taking a drug like Frova for a few days before and into your period may help. Abortive medications like imitrex, frova, Relpax (eletriptan) are helpful. If you have headaches multiple days a week you may want to try a preventative medication like topamax. I suggest seeing a neurologist.
Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 17 years experience
Many things: If the excellent suggestions made above are ineffective, there are a wide variety of preventative medications that can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine headaches. These range from seizure medications (e.g. Topamax), to antidepressants (e.g. Elavil) , to blood pressure medications (e.g. Verapamil). Other options include occipital nerve block and Botox injections for refractory cases.

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A 20-year-old member asked:

How do you treat severe migraines?

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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management 48 years experience
Prevent of Modify: After appropriate diagnostic workup you need to prevent the headaches as much as possible. If you truly have migraines, you should be on migraine-specific treatment, genrally the triptan type drugs. For prevention, many of these drugs are quite inexpensive and quite helpful. You need to avoid transforming your headaches into daily or chronic headaches by not getting into a repetitive cycle of meds.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What should I do if I suffer terribly from chronic, severe migraines?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Herbal and calming: Calming, meditation, and certain herbs have been found to be helpful. Heavy doses of pain medications may cause the headache to be more prolonged and more resistant to treatment. Chronic daily headache is a known variant of migraine that is becoming more common and becoming very difficult to manage. Repeated doses of triptans may actually make migraine worse. You must break the cycle.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What is causing my fiancee's severe migraines?

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Dr. Brett Noorda
Dentistry 25 years experience
Who knows: You, maybe!? Just kidding. But without significantly more information, there is no possible way to answer your question. A forum like this is too limited to provide an answer even with more information. Your fiance needs to see a doctor, preferably one that specifically treats migraine patients, for a physical and evaluation for triggers.
Charlotte, NC
A 30-year-old female asked about a 23-year-old member:

I get severe migraines. What can I take for it that i can find around the house?

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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Hard to say: Migraines are very debilitating and there are many, many different types of migraines. Migraines also can vary in severity, duration, frequency, etc. I would see a dr. Rather than trying home remedies.
Madison, TN
A 16-year-old female asked:

Severe migraines. Is loud music the possible cause?

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Dr. Richard Schneider
Integrative Medicine 45 years experience
Migraines: Migraines are severe headaches that can have a number of triggers, loud noise being one of them. Also, red wine, certain types of aged cheese, weather changes, sinus problems, menstrual periods and emotional stress can also cause them. If you have not had your headaches evaluated by your doctor, it would be a good idea since a number of medical and non medical therapies can help.

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