Top 5 Treatments for Migraines
Because of the life-changing impact of migraine headaches, most sufferers are interested in all available treatment options. Depending on the person, migraine patients will usually try more than one treatment and are typically on a combination of treatments that works for them.
Migraine surgery expert, Dr. Jonathan Cabin’s first recommendation to finding the best treatment plan for your migraines is to make sure you’re in fact suffering from migraines. If you have not yet been diagnosed, you should make an appointment to see a neurologist, who is really an expert in migraine diagnosis. Because migraines can often be confused with other types of headaches, it is important for a neurologist to perform an evaluation before you can be properly diagnosed.
If you are, indeed, a sufferer of migraines, there are five general categories of treatment:
(1) Lifestyle – for most sufferers, lifestyle changes will be a part of your overall care for migraines. This includes alterations in sleep, diet, and exercise. For a small number of patients, this may be sufficient treatment, but most will require other treatments to compliment necessary lifestyle alterations.
(2) Alternative therapies – some patients will find that alternative and complimentary treatments are effective. These treatments include acupuncture, herbal medications, biofeedback, and massage therapy.
(3) Medication – most patients with migraines will require at least some medication. There are generally two categories of medication: prophylactic and rescue. Prophylactic medication is taken regularly to prevent migraines, whereas rescue medication is taken when a migraine feels imminent or is active.
(4)Botox® – Botox® treatment is very effective for patients who have certain migraine “triggers” from specific areas around their head. Botox® must be administered by an experienced physician, like Dr. Cabin, and should be obtained every 2-3 months for maximum effect.
(5) Surgery – for some patients who respond well to Botox® or certain nasal medication, surgery is an excellent option. Surgery can result in permanent relief or reduction of frequency, duration or intensity of migraines.
Once you have a migraine diagnosis, you can proceed to find the right treatment combination that works for you.
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