You reach out for the wall to steady yourself. Stars are chasing one another across your field of vision. Your heart beats faster.
It’s another migraine attack.
Throbbing pain from migraines can be debilitating. About 12% of Americans suffer from migraine headaches.
Migraine triggers include:
- emotional stress
- missed meals
- caffeine reaction to chemicals and preservatives in food
- frequent use of pain relieving medication
- hormonal changes in women.
Though they can strike at any time, migraines most often occur at a rate of 2-4 per month.
But you can decrease the chances of suffering from this painful, incapacitating ailment.
How to Manage Migraines
- See a doctor.
It’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible when you first experience migraine symptoms. Your primary care physician can diagnose migraines and start treatment.
Sometimes primary care physicians will recommend a neurologist or “headache doctor.”
The primary care physician or neurologist will help you develop a treatment plan and prescribe abortive and or preventative medication.
- Practice sleep hygiene.
Most people need at least eight hours of sleep. Try to get enough sleep, go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every day. Turn off the TV and electronic devices with screens an hour before bed.
- Change your diet.
Work with a nutritionist and or doctor to identify foods that contribute to or trigger your migraines. Keeping a record of what you eat, and drink, can help identify the problematic foods.
Though one size does not fit all, keeping regular mealtimes, and maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, can decrease the chance of a migraine attack.
- Keep a migraine journal.
Keep track of the details of your migraine attacks, such as:
- date and time migraine started
- all the migraine phases and their duration
- detailed symptoms
- quality of sleep the night before the migraine attack
- diet details (any missed meals or foods that may have triggered it)
- pain description and rating from 1 to 10
- pain location (i.e. jaw, side of head, eye)
- list of medications (daily and non-routine)
- describe treatment (of migraine) including dosage, frequency, and whether it worked
- Get regular exercise.
Regular exercise is one of the keys to keeping a healthy diet and sleep schedule. Exercising outside is more effective in regulating sleep and eating rhythms.
Migraine Treatment at Texas Pain Physicians
Dealing with the pain of a migraine attack? Having symptoms that may be caused by a migraine? Worrying about your next migraine attack?
Our board-certified pain management specialists can get you on a treatment plan tailored to your condition and lifestyle.
Give us a call today!