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How do I stop a migraine headache?

How do I stop a migraine headache?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

Migraine headaches are a common condition that often include a headache with throbbing, pulsing pain, blurriness of vision, nausea, and sensitivity to light. They ...Read more


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What to do about migraine headache?

What to do about migraine headache?

Migraines treatment : Abortive treatment-triptan, nsaids preventive medications like topiramate. See a headache specialist. ...Read more

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What should I do for a migraine headache?

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What should I do for a migraine headache?

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. ...Read more

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How might my migraine headache be treated?

How might my migraine headache be treated?

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. ...Read more

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What should I do about a migraine headache ?

What should I do about a migraine headache ?

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! ...Read more

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Headache vs migraine, what is the difference?

Headache vs migraine, what is the difference?

Big difference: Although recurrent headaches are the mainstay of migraine, a migraine is not just simply a headache. Rather, it should be viewed as an attack that is accompanied by various neurological and non-neurological features as well as headache.A migrainous attack can be divided into four separate phases: the prodrome, the aura, the headache itself and the postdrome.("washed-out" feeling.. ...Read more

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How could you tell a migraine from a headache?

How could you tell a migraine from a headache?

Cannot: Formerly there were specific criteria and symptoms by which migraine headaches were defined and diagnosed. In recent months the collegial body of neurologists decided that any "severe" headache qualified as "migraine". This flip flop indicates that the etiology (cause) continues to be mysterious, and beset with theory and speculation. ...Read more

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What is a good medicine for migraine headache?

What is a good medicine for migraine headache?

Migralex and Imitrex (sumatriptan): Migralex is a rapidly acting non-prescription medicine which contains Aspirin and magnesium but not caffeine and which is safer than many other medications (you can buy it on migralex.Com and amazon.Com). Imitrex or sumatriptan is a prescription drug for migraine headaches and can be tried if migralex is ineffective. If neither drug provides complete relief, they can be taken together. ...Read more

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How can I determine a migraine from a headache?

How can I determine a migraine from a headache?

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. ...Read more

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What is a good way to cure a migraine headache?

What is a good way to cure a migraine headache?

Botox and Surgery: Long term relief of migraines can be achieved with botox. If you have a good response, you may be a candidate for surgery. Surgery has been shown to dramatically decrease the frequency and intensity of migraines. www.themigrainereliefcenter.com. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for migraine headache?

What is the best medicine for migraine headache?

That depends: It really depends on multiple factors, and it can vary from person to person. In addition to medications, it is important to try to identify any potential headache triggers. The best way to do that is to maintain a headache diary. ...Read more

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

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

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 ...Read more

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What should I do when I have a migraine headache?

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. ...Read more

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Can a migraine headache last for over a week long?

Can a migraine headache last for over a week long?

Not common: Are the symptoms similar to the ones that you have always experienced with migraines? Any reason to believe something else might be contributing- allergies, sinus congestion, tooth pain, etc? Also check your blood pressure. If nothing to explain the symptoms please seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I'm having headache 2 times a week. Is it migraine?

I'm having headache 2 times a week. Is it migraine?

If it builds up: within 20 minutes, is associated with photophobia and resolves with sleep chances are it is a form of migraine. The more descriptive you get, the easier it will be to formulate a diagnostic impression. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish a migraine from a headache?

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. ...Read more

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What is actually hurting during a migraine headache?

What is actually hurting during a migraine headache?

Not brain tissue!: Brain itself cannot feel pain! the inflammation or stretching of the soft tissue in the blood vessels and the covering of the brain (the meninges) send the pain messages. ...Read more

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Are migraine headaches more common in women than men?

Are migraine headaches more common in women than men?

Yes: About 75% of migraineurs (people who have migraine headaches) are women. That means 3 out of 4 migraineurs are women. Before puberty, more boys than girls get migraine headaches. After puberty, more girls have migraines than boys do. ...Read more

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If my headache won't go away, could it be a migraine?

If my headache won't go away, could it be a migraine?

Many reasons: You could have chronic daily headaches, you could possess tension or migraine, you might have intracranial issues, but most likely you have benign problems which need control. Lots of approaches are available including meds, botox, even the recent "migraine surgery". ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Migraine (Definition)

A type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain and usually causes light ...Read more