Ways You Can Manage Migraines

man with headacheDid you know that the World Health Organization considers chronic migraines to be a disabling medical illness? A migraine is more than just a headache. It is actually a neurological disorder that is generally inherited. Migraines are often considered a burden because not only does it cost money for medical treatment and tests, but it also results in many missed days of work per year. The good news is that there are many ways in which you can manage your migraines for a better quality of life.

How Can You Tell if You Have a Migraine?

There are many types of headaches, and a migraine is just one of them. So, how can you tell the difference between a headache and a migraine? There are specific signs and symptoms to look for.

  • A headache that gets worse with physical activity
  • a headache that seems more severe
  • a throbbing on one side of the head
  • a headache that affects your ability to work or go to school
  • a headache that causes sensitivity to light, sounds, or smells
  • a headache that lasts for more than four hours and is chronic

Preventing a Migraine

Often the first line of defense for a migraine is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Migraines are known for having what is called a trigger. There are some common triggers, though everyone has a different trigger. Some lifestyle changes can help you stop a migraine before it starts such as not eating certain foods like those that you might have a mild allergy to, sugar, caffeine, or spicy foods. Some also have migraines because they don’t eat at the same time every day or because they push themselves too hard in physical activity. Often talking with a physician may help you figure out what your trigger is so that you may avoid it.

Tips When You Have a Migraine

Unfortunately, even with lifestyle changes you may still experience an occasional migraine. So, you need to be prepared when you have a migraine attack. Many over-the-counter medications such as aspirin or acetaminophen may reduce painful symptoms. Even a small dose of caffeine may be just what you need to stop the pain. If these do not seem to work, a physician can prescribe you other medications that may help reduce your symptoms during a migraine.

Contact Questcare Medical Clinic

If you believe you may be experiencing migraines and would like to be evaluated by a physician, contact Questcare Medical Clinic for information about our locations and hours.