Migraines are more than an occasional nuisance for some. Those suffering from chronic migraines know all too well the nausea, sensitivity, and unbearable pain that comes along with frequent attacks. Luckily, there are treatments available to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines.
Migraine treatment can be broken down into two categories; those that ease symptoms that have already started, and preventative measures that stop migraines before they start.
Pain-relieving medications can be taken during migraine attacks and are designed to stop symptoms that have already begun. These medications can include over-the-counters like ibuprofen and acetaminophen, but also prescription pain relievers such as indomethacin.
Preventative means can stop migraines from starting. Those suffering regularly from migraines might want to consider the following treatments.
Approved by the FDA for treating chronic migraines, injections are given around the head and neck once every 12 weeks. The Botox blocks pain signals as well as causes head and neck muscles to relax. By working on sensory pathways it reduces the sensory traffic from the head to the consciousness.
Studies have shown that up to 50 percent of migraine patients have lowered levels of magnesium during an attack, and an infusion of the mineral can provide rapid and sustained relief. Routine supplements can reduce the frequency and severity of such attacks. Eating magnesium-rich foods (such as nuts, whole grains, legumes, and chlorophyll-rich vegetables) can assist the body without overwhelming it. A magnesium supplement can also provide the needed boost.
As always, consult a certified pain physician before beginning any new treatment regimen. For more help discussing options on pain treatment for migraines and what method works best for you, contact The Washington Center for Pain Management, and discuss your treatment plan with our Bellevue pain doctors.
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