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Headaches &Amp; Migraine
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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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