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How To Cure A Migraine Fast
No cure is available: Migraine is a serious and complex neurological disorder. Unilateral throbbing headache, dizziness, visual disturbances nausea, sensitivity to light or sound, paresthesias and even chest pain may be present during the episodes. It is a manageable condition. See an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and professional management. ...Read more
Not curable, but...: Migraine should be viewed as an attack that is accompanied by various neurological and non-neurological features as well as headache.Over the years, many theories on the pathophysiology of migraine have been assumed, but the exact cause of migraine is still controversial and lacks in our understanding remain. Migraine is not curable, but treatable or rather manageable. ...Read more
Cervical Facet Dz: The cervical facets in the neck can develop the osteoarthritis you mentioned and can cause headaches as well. Typically facet injections can help relieve the pain and reduce headaches. If these are short lived then the nerves supplying those joints can be ablated for long term relief, this is called radiofrequency ablation or rhizotomy. Botox injections to the neck and head can also be helpful. ...Read more
Control measures: Are available, but at age 60 some of our meds are risky. If hypertension or heart disease is present, would avoid triptans, and perhaps select dolovent (otc) to stop the headache. To prevent, which i would prefer, could use prescription (topirimate, depakote) or otc (riboflavin, butterbur, feverfew, co-q10). See a headache specialist and start appropriate meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prevention: Preventive medications (anti-hypertensives and anti depressants )probably work the best. You can try a few home remedies starting with ice application over back of neck and temples. Other things you could try are warm compresses, massaging your temples, meditation and green tea. Relaxation and exercise have also shown to help; do these things on a schedule rather than when you have a headache. ...Read more
Paroxysmal vertigo: Sudden episodes of intense vertigo, with or without nausea and vomiting, can be migraine equivalents, and may or may not be associated with the headache per se. Wise to get tested to confirm diagnosis. Best way to control, use prophylactic migraine meds such as depakote, topirimate, beta-blockers, but also consider otc preps like magnesium, riboflavin, feverfew, butterbur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No perfect pill: If you can obtain a triptan and take within the first 60-90 minutes of the migraine, this should abort the headache within 2 hrs. Meds to try include imitrex, zomig, maxalt, treximet, frova, relpax (eletriptan). If beyond timespan, consider an ergotamine or cambia. There are meds to prevent headaches, and your doctor might design a program, . ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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