Your Guide to Migraine Headaches
Can Migraines Be Prevented?
Yes. You can have them less often when you identify and avoid migraine triggers. Keep track of your symptom patterns in a headache diary so you can figure out what’s causing them.
Stress management and relaxation training can help prevent your attacks or make them less severe.
Women who often get migraines around their periods can take preventive medicines when they know it’s that time of the month.
People also seem to have fewer migraines when they eat on a regular schedule and get enough rest. Regular exercise -- in moderation -- can also help prevent them.
When lifestyle changes aren't enough, you have other options. Preventive medications can make your headaches less severe and happen less often when you take them on a regular basis.
Also, Cefaly is the first FDA-approved device for preventing migraines in people over age 18. The portable, headband-like gadget sends electrical pulses through the skin of the forehead. It stimulates the trigeminal nerve, which is linked with migraine headaches. You use Cefaly once a day for 20 minutes, and when it's on you'll feel a tingling or massaging sensation.