Pregnant women sometimes experience migraines that cause debilitating pain. In these situations, doctors typically advise against using ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin to treat migraines. Also, doctors frequently discourage pregnant women from taking migraine medications that contain triptans.

Natural migraine treatments like a massage, applying a cold or warm compress to the forehead or taking a bath are among the safest migraine treatments for pregnant women. In some instances, doctors prescribe acetaminophen within dosing guidelines to help pregnant women address migraine pain. Or, if a pregnant woman requires something stronger, a prescription medication that contains both acetaminophen and a mild narcotic or sedative may be prescribed.

Migraine medications for pregnant women are abortive; thus, pregnant women may take them at the onset of migraine symptoms. If migraine pain becomes too severe or is accompanied by nausea or vision loss, it is important to consult with a doctor immediately. In this scenario, a pregnant woman may be at risk for preeclampsia (a pregnancy disorder that involves high blood pressure) or other health risks. She may also be admitted to a hospital for additional monitoring.

Comparatively, treating migraine pain in non-pregnant women differs. Doctors sometimes prescribe a combination of abortive, preventative and rescue medications to help non-pregnant women alleviate migraine pain. Additionally, traditional over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Excedrin, Motrin or Tylenol may be used to help non-pregnant women address migraines.

The effectiveness of migraine medications varies from patient to patient. In fact, a patient sometimes receives a chronic migraine diagnosis from a neurologist and uses migraine medications, but these medications fail to deliver the desired results. Perhaps even worse, migraine medications may cause a patient to experience intolerable side effects. In these scenarios, it is beneficial to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonathan Cabin of The Migraine Institute to explore alternative migraine treatment options.

Dr. Cabin is a board-certified head and neck surgeon who possesses dual-subspecialty training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. His unique expertise gives him the ability to analyze each patient’s anatomical migraine triggers and tailor a treatment program accordingly.

If migraine medications are insufficient, Dr. Cabin may recommend Botox injections or minimally invasive surgery. Both of these treatments have been shown to help patients achieve long-term migraine pain relief.

Botox is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that is applied across a patient’s head and neck. It is a safe, effective migraine treatment for non-pregnant women. However, a lack of research is available on the effects of Botox injections on pregnant women. It is always better for pregnant women to err on the side of caution. As such, Botox is not recommended for pregnant women.

Migraine surgery involves the permanent removal of faulty nerve signals that cause migraines. It is used to treat migraines related to one of several muscular or nerve trigger points. One such trigger point is located inside the nose, and the remainder are located around the face, scalp and neck.

Dr. Cabin performs an extensive patient evaluation to determine if an individual is a candidate for surgery. He requests a patient’s medical history, conducts a physical examination and performs various tests. Then, Dr. Cabin offers a custom treatment recommendation to help a patient relieve migraine pain. To find out more, please contact us today at 310.461.0303 to schedule a consultation.

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