Your Need-to-Know Guide to Managing Migraines

Your Need-to-Know Guide to Managing Migraines

According to recent data, more than 44 million American adults have had a migraine. This means that most households have had at least one family member affected by migraines. As a team of chronic pain specialists, we are passionate about changing those statistics. So, in recognition of June being National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, we put together a short guide for managing migraines. Read on to learn more!


Types of Migraines

Migraines are headaches that create a painful sensation in any part of the head, ranging from sharp to dull, which may occur with other symptoms. They are often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can be a chronic pain condition. There are several types of migraines.

  • Migraines without aura: Also known as the Common Migraine because of how frequently it is diagnosed, this migraine occurs with typical migraine symptoms but without an aura.
  • Migraines with aura: This migraine is the same as the common migraine but also has the additional symptom of an aura. It is also known as the Classic Migraine.
  • Silent migraines: A silent migraine includes all the symptoms of a migraine [with or without aura] except for those symptoms that involve pain.
  • Retinal migraines: This type of migraine only affects vision abilities and may even cause temporary blindness. There is no aura with this type of migraine.
  • Hemiplegic migraines: These are like a stroke in the fact that they cause temporary weakness to one side of the body along with the classic migraine pain symptoms.

Depending on your type of migraine, you will experience different types of symptoms and triggers. The type of migraine will also determine which treatments might be the best fit for you. Our team of Bedford doctors accepting new patients (locations also in Benbrook, Boyd and Lewisville) can help identify the best approach.


Common Migraine Triggers

Before we dive into the topic of common migraine triggers, it’s important to note that each person’s triggers are extremely unique. Just because one patient identifies a smell, taste or activity as a trigger does not mean that it will be a trigger for another patient. In fact, migraine specialists will tell you that even well-documented triggers might only lead to a migraine 50% of the time or less in the individual who has identified it as a legitimate trigger.

Regardless, the following is a list of common offenders that appear on many patients’ trigger lists:

  • Stress
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Dehydration
  • Hunger
  • Additives
  • Strong smells, especially health and body care products and floral fragrances
  • Female hormones


Migraine Prevention

If you or someone you love has been living with chronic migraine headaches, you know just how important it is to be proactive and stay consistent with treatments that work. And, just as with triggers, treatment strategies will be uniquely tailored to a patient’s unique symptoms and health history. Some helpful preventative tips that our Bedford pain management associates commonly recommend include the following:

  • Keep a migraine diary to document possible triggers and responses to treatments
  • Incorporate regular physical activity into your week
  • Identify and implement healthy stress management techniques
  • Eat a healthy diet rich with fiber, protein and fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Practice good sleep hygiene
  • Preventative medications such as blood pressure lowering medications or antidepressants

To learn more about migraine prevention and other important migraine information, view Comprehensive Pain Institute’s video on the basics of migraines.


Modern Migraine Treatments

Along with implementing these preventative strategies, it’s important to consult with your chronic pain specialist to map out a treatment plan that will work for you. Many times, the most successful treatments come from a combination of more than one therapy or medication. Treatments typically include one or more of the following:

  • Medication
  • Pain Psychology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Botox injections
  • Comprehensive pain management


Bedford Pain Management Associates

At Comprehensive Pain Institute, we understand the impact that migraines have on your quality of life. Our team of chronic pain specialists will take the time to listen to your concerns and walk with you through the testing and diagnostic process. We offer a wide range of treatments including many non-invasive options. Get in touch today to learn more about how we can help you!

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