Migraine attacks can be debilitating. The throbbing head pain, dizziness, and changes in vision can stop you in your tracks and prevent you from going about your normal day. Migraines affect each person differently, and getting relief requires finding the right combination of treatments.
The team at PharmXhealthOne provides holistic, naturopathic, and functional medicine care, including women's health, men's health, and primary care. Our team has extensive experience helping migraine patients get relief from ongoing attacks. If you're struggling with migraine headaches, keep reading to learn about your treatment options.
Migraine headaches are recurring headaches that can cause severe pain. While they're not fully understood, researchers think genetics and environmental factors may play a role. In general, migraines fit into two categories:
People who suffer from migraines can experience one or both types of migraines.
Aura refers to a cluster of distinctive neurological symptoms that usually occur before a migraine attack, though they can sometimes occur during one. If you have migraine with aura, you may experience:
About 25% of people who suffer from migraines experience auras.
About 75% of people who suffer from migraines don't experience auras. This type of migraine occurs without visual or sensory symptoms. However, people with migraines without aura may experience sensitivity to light and sound along with head pain symptoms.
When the headache does occur, the following symptoms are common with both migraine with aura and migraine without aura:
After a migraine attack occurs, many people experience certain symptoms, such as mood swings and fatigue.
Finding the right migraine treatment requires time and patience. The first treatment you try may not provide adequate relief. Most people with migraines require a combination of treatments to achieve adequate relief. Treatment generally focuses on preventing attacks and dealing with attacks when they do occur.
As you and your doctor work toward finding the right treatments, recording your symptoms in a migraine journal may give you and your provider insight into possible triggers and help you spot trends in your migraines. This can help your doctor create an effective plan to help you get relief.
Record the date and time of your migraine attacks, and make a note of your diet and lifestyle at the time of each attack. Keeping a journal during treatment may also help you find which treatments work best for you.
The following medications are often used to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks.
These medications work in different ways by altering different chemicals to ease migraines.
Stress is a common trigger for migraines. Keeping stress in check is often a part of plans to manage migraines. Your stress management plan may include any of the following:
Adopting stress-busting habits can go a long way toward relieving migraines.
Getting enough sleep, eating a well-balanced diet, and avoiding triggers can help you manage migraines. As part of your plan to make sure you get the right nutrition, your provider may recommend getting IV vitamin therapy and meeting with a nutritionist to make adjustments in your diet.
Caffeine, alcohol, and foods high in tyramine are thought to trigger migraines in some people. Tyramine is a naturally occurring substance that is often found in high amounts in aged cheeses, processed meats, and dried fruits.