Migraine Treatment
Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Although there is no cure for migraine headaches, you can often reduce and possibly prevent some migraines. Dr. Edward Hill explains how in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

A migraine is a type of headache that is very painful. There is no cure for migraines, but there are medicines that can help. It is important to find the medicine that works best for you. Some medicines help stop the pain after the migraine starts. These are called “pain control” medicines and should be taken as soon as you think you're getting a migraine.

Some people find it helpful to keep a headache diary. This can help you to see what things cause, or “trigger,” your migraines, so you know what to avoid. Find out if certain foods trigger your migraines. Try to get enough sleep each night, exercise and eat at regular times. Lowering the amount of stress in your life also may help.

If your migraines happen often and you cannot find what triggers them, your doctor may suggest that you try a “preventive” medicine. If one medicine doesn't work, your doctor might add a new one or have you try a different one. See your doctor often while you are finding which medicine works best for you.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.