Why are my migraines worse during my period?
Migraines that are associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle but also occur at other times of the month are called menstrually related migraines. This occurs in 60% of women. Studies show that migraine is most common during the 2 days before the start of your…
What is pacing for migraines?
Pacing is an effective strategy that allows people with migraine the ability to maintain functional independence without causing an increase in headache intensity. Many people with migraines report that stress and overexertion can be consistent triggers. With pacing, people can keep reasonable schedules and workloads…
What is biofeedback and should I try it?
Biofeedback is an accepted technique for headache control. Studies have demonstrated that biofeedback can help to reduce headache frequency and severity. It is a learned method of relaxation, that uses an instrument to monitor bodily responses. There are a variety of methods that may be…
Is physiotherapy useful for migraines?
There are a variety of physiotherapy treatments that may be of some benefit in migraine patients, especially when the neck seems to be involved in triggering the attacks. Gentle cervical manipulation and traction can be considered and be beneficial when there is neck tension and…
I have severe attacks, and sometimes throw up my medication…what can I do?
Most migraine patients will have nausea with at least some of their attacks, and some will vomit. Vomiting, especially if it occurs early in the migraine attack, can be a problem because if the patient throws up their medication before it is absorbed into the…
My Treatment for migraine works, but the pain comes back in a few hours. What should I do?
Many patients with migraine find that the medication they take for their migraine attack will relieve the pain completely or at least take it down to a mild level within 2 hours. It this is not happening with your acute migraine medication, you need to…
I take medications quite often to treat my headaches. Is this a problem?
Overusing headache medication is a frequent issue and can become a problem in many patients. It may overtime make headaches worse and the medication which you are taking may be less effective in controlling your pain. The term for this condition is called ‘medication overuse…
What is a prophylactic treatment?
Prophylactic or preventive medications are not the same as acute migraine medications. The acute medications are used to treat individual migraine attacks, and are only taken when the migraine attacks occur. Preventive medications are taken every day to prevent some of the migraine attacks from…
How can I determine if I need a prophylactic treatment?
Preventive medication is not necessary for every migraine sufferer. There are certain situations where your doctor would consider recommending a preventive medication, such situations are: You are having headaches that have a significant impact on your life at home or at work despite appropriate use…
How long should I take this medication….all my life?
Headache preventative therapy should be considered if headaches are > 1 attack per week, if headaches are severe or disabling that results in absence of work, school and social activities or if one is unable to take acute medications to treat their headache. Although migraine…
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