If you are someone who experiences migraines, you definitely know about the severe pain that they can cause you. People who suffer from this condition often have them at various time throughout the day. Seeing as some people cannot predict when this will occur, migraines can totally ruin a planned day. Those who suffer from this problem will probably look for some kind of way to alleviate it. Thankfully, there are a couple of different options that you have to choose from.
For many people, migraines are brought on by a specific trigger. For example, certain smells or foods can trigger a migraine in those who experience them. The first step in preventing your migraines is to try and figure out what triggers them. Once you have done this, you will be able to avoid doing such an act and hopefully avoid triggering a migraine.
Some people cannot pinpoint exactly what causes their migraines. If this is a problem for you, you may have to consider taking preventative medications. Preventative medications are taken daily and patients who are put on such medications must be suffering from severe migraines on a frequent basis. Typically, four or more debilitating migraines a month is enough for you to qualify for these medications.
Relieving the Pain
Preventative measures don’t always work and if you end up getting another migraine, you are going to want to try to relieve the pain. There are many migraine-specific drugs available today with on the market. Depending on how frequent and severe your migraines are, you will have to choose from the different options. Here are a few of the most popular choices:
Typical Pain Relievers
Pain relievers are a common drug used to alleviate the pain associated with this painful condition. This can come in the form of over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen or Aspirin, and it can also come in the form of prescription painkillers like opioids such as codeine.
Although BOTOX® doesn’t immediately come to mind when you think about migraine treatment, it is actually a common treatment used to subdue them. At Lougheed Laser Centre, we offer BOTOX® injections for those who would like soothe their painful headaches. The BOTOX® is injected directly into the trigger points, which causes the muscles in the face, head, and neck to relax. While this is not a cure for the condition, it has been successful in reducing both the pain and frequency of migraines.
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