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Migraine Prevention

Gabriel Santos - Wednesday, November 11, 2015

How You Can Reduce or Eliminate Your Migraines

Anyone who suffers from migraines will tell you that preventing them is their top goal. Migraines are characterized by severe pain on one side of the head and they often have the ability to virtually incapacitate those they strike. Although some migraines have identifiable triggers, doctors do not know exactly how they are caused. So avoiding triggers is one way to cut down on migraine frequency. There are also medications available that will prevent some migraines.

Common Migraine Triggers to Avoid

Often, migraines can be avoided, or their frequency reduced, by adopting certain lifestyle changes. If you already know what triggers your migraines, you are half way there. If possible, simply avoid those triggers to stop experiencing the migraines. However, not everyone is aware of what exactly causes their migraines. Migraine triggers are almost as varied as the people that suffer from them, but some are common among many migraines sufferers.

Chocolate, Cheese and Caffeine – Try cutting each of these from your diet, one at a time. You may find that one of these common migraine triggers is what is affecting you. There are other consumables that can be the culprit. Foods with high levels of preservatives or sour foods like citrus can trigger migraines in many people. Experiment until you find which is causing your migraines. A food diary will help in narrowing this down.

Alcohol – The dehydrating effect of alcohol can trigger migraines. Cut down on alcohol consumption to test its effect on you. Be mindful of whether you get migraines after drinking alcohol.

Weather – High humidity and high heat are common migraine triggers. Keep an eye on the weather forecasts and avoid going out during the hottest (sunniest) part of the day. You may find that the weather is what is affecting you.

Preventative Medicines

With preventative migraine medications you can decrease the frequency, duration and severity of your migraines. Preventative medicines are especially helpful for people that suffer frequent migraines. Migraines that occur at least once a week.

Beta-blockers - These medications are used for heart disease and high blood pressure treatment. The increased blood flow they encourage may be the key to their effectiveness in migraine prevention.

Antidepressants – Antidepressants affect serotonin levels in the brain. This brain chemical could play a part in migraine prevention.

Anti-epilectics – Drugs that prevent seizures can also prevent migraines. These drugs work my calming the brain’s neurons, which may play a part in triggering migraines.

Botox – Widely used for cosmetic purposes, Botox is also approved by the FDA as a preventative treatment for chronic migraines sufferers.

The doctors at New Jersey Headache Institute are experts at diagnosing and treating headaches and migraines. Let them help you discover your migraine triggers and find a preventative medication that is right for you. Contact us today to learn how we can help you to live headache and migraine free.




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