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An Untreated Migraine Now Could Mean Chronic Migraines Later

May 15, 2017

According to a new study, ignoring migraine pain with the hope that it’ll just go away could lead to even more migraines in the future. Researchers looked at data from more than 4,600 people with episodic migraines, meaning 14 or fewer migraines days per month. Nearly half of the migraine sufferers received poor or very poor treatments, and these people were more likely to develop chronic migraines (15 or more migraine days a year) than those who received adequate treatment.

There is no definite definition for adequate migraine treatment. People are different, and migraines can affect everyone differently. It is suggested to work with your doctor to determine the best treatment approach for you. However, these commonalities are all successful migraine treatment programs:

  1. Knowing and managing your triggers: Migraines are different for everyone, so it’s important to be familiar with how they affect you specifically. This includes knowing what triggers your migraine, getting enough rest, and keeping stress levels low.
  2. Being proactive: One of the best ways to treat your migraine is to stop them before they start. As soon as you feel a migraine coming, take all prescribed medications before the pain becomes too debilitating.
  3. Knowing your options: Understanding the different options to help treat your migraine can help you start a dialogue with your doctor that could help craft your personal treatment plan. There are many different ways to go about treating migraines, so do your research and discuss about some options with your doctor.
  4. Building a team: Make sure to have supportive people around you. It can be anyone—friends, family, a neurologist, counselor, etc. They can help you keep track and be there on days when the migraine pain sidetracks you.

 

 

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