What are the causes and treatments of migraine headaches?

Migraine. Migraines are genetically acquired headaches, usually triggered by poor sleep, stress, weather and hormone changes and certain medications. The most common trigger is diet- tyramine, nitrates/ nitrates, caffeine, msg, alcohol, etc. The best treatment includes avoidance and control of triggers. There are numerous medications to prevent and treat headaches (topiramate, triptans, betablocker, etc.).
Many things. The cause is not known. Triggers are present in 85% such as stress and lack of sleep. For acute attacks, ibuprofen, naproxen, and excedrin will relieve many attacks. If not, your doctor can prescribe a triptan medication which may be more effective. If your headaches are frequent, you may benefit from a daily preventive medication (beta blockers, antidepressants, topiramate, and divalproex sodium).
Identify triggers. There are certain foods and aspects of lifestyle that can trigger or worsen headaches and migraines. The best way to identify triggers is to maintain a headache diary and keep a list of foods eaten before your migraine. Common triggers include chocolate, caffeine, cheese, msg, processed meats, alcohol, smoking/being around smoke, stress, skipping meals, lack of sleep or too much sleep.
Treatment options. Migraine is very common. Oral medications, diet modification, and addressing environmental triggers are first line treatments. If those don't work, then Botox and nerve blocks may help. For those who can't seem to get relief in any other way, surgery can offer long-lasting relief.

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Any new treatments for migraine headaches?

Topamax (topiramate) Many migraines are not really migraines. Topamax (topiramate) helps relieve many types of headache. Read more...
Nti-tss. I have had great success treating patients with migraine headaches. Nocturnal para-function, or night time tooth grinding /clenching is a major cause of migraine headaches. Find a dentist in your area that is familiar with the nti-tss night time appliance to help manage the outbreaks. Here is a website for you to learn more and find a dentist who may be able to help. http://www.nti-tss.com. Read more...

What is the best treatment for migraine headaches?

Depends. It depends upon how often you have them. If they are only occasional then drugs like imitrex (sumatriptan) are very good at preventing a migraine if you take it very early at onset of a headache. if the headaches are very frequent then a preventive medication may be more helpful if taken every day. There are several classes of medicines to prevent migraines. Your doctor can help you decide if that is needed. Read more...

I am suffer from migraine headaches very often. I want a better treatment to be suggested please.

Migrane . Is very common and some people can have more frequent headache .There r medication u can take it as prophylaxis and medication u take it when u feel it is going to happen . Talk with u physician about it. Read more...

What are some holistic treatments for migraine headaches?

Many options. The best way is to avoid triggers such as stress or certain foods so if you can find out what causes your migraines, start there. Thermal biofeedback is another option and it is closely related to meditation/guided imagery. Accupressure may help and some people have success with contrast showers (hot followed by cold). Read more...
Try these. A holistic approach begins with looking for triggers in your diet and lifestyle. Stress management can be very important. Good nutrition - including riboflavin 400 mg per day. Meditation, relaxation and guided imagery help many migraineurs. Acupuncture often helps. Pt, chiropractic or feldenkreis can help if neck tension is involved. Read more...
Avoid toxic foods. Avoid sugars, fried foods, vegatable oils like canola & soy, meats that are cured wth nitrates & nitrites, aspartame, splenda, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, maragarine, soy based products, sweetened beverages like juice & soda, microwaved foods, artificial colors & flavors. All of these products cause damage to the cells, tissues & organs in your body contributing to various diseases. Read more...

Can you advise for daily migraine headaches/are electronic cigarettes less likely to cause headaches?

I do not . recommend E-cigarettes as these are still a source of unneeded chemical- hormone nicotine. Although much socially acceptable - I do not think it is the best strategy to stop smoking. Nicotine and/ or its withdrawal may be a source of headaches, but probably not the root cause. Read more...

Can you give me advice with daily migraine headaches/are electronic cigarettes less likely to cause headaches?

Not studied. Would be skeptical that either approach would affect headaches differently, and would suggest instead you avoid both, and see your doctor and get your headaches evaluated. Read more...

Can migraine headaches cause dizziness? Do migraines cause dizziness or can normal headaches cause this as well? .

Yes. Migraines affects the brain..So dizziness can be related to the migraine or it can be caused by the medicines(triptans) taken for treating the migraine. Read more...
Yes. A not uncommon symptom involves a paroxysmal vertigo which may or may not occur at time of headache. Need to sort out causation, but often, using migraine preventative therapy, eliminates both headaches and dizziness. Read more...