Migraine Headaches - Treatment Overview
How you think
can affect how you feel. So finding ways to relax and change your negative or worrisome thoughts
may help prevent headaches.
You may want to try:
- Positive thinking
- Progressive muscle relaxation.
- Ways to
manage your time.
- Breathing exercises.
For more information, see
Living With Migraine Headaches.
Treatment if your headaches get
If treatment doesn't stop your migraines, you and
your doctor may make changes. You may try different medicines, a new mix of
medicines, or different doses.
If you have already tried
several types of medicine, your doctor may want
you to have tests (such as an MRI or
CT scan) to look for any other cause
for your headaches.
It is possible to be
diagnosed with migraines when you really have another type of headache.
(But it's more common for a person to be diagnosed with another type
of headache when he or she really has migraines.)
It can be hard to tell the
difference between migraines and other types of headaches such as sinus, tension, or cluster headaches.
The symptoms can be the same. And you may have more than one kind of
headache. Different types of headaches
need different treatment.
Other things to think about
- Even with treatment, you may still
- It may take some time to find
the right medicines to help you.
medicines too often can cause rebound headaches.
These are different from migraine headaches. They
occur after pain medicine has worn off, which
leads you to take another dose. After a while,
you get a headache whenever you stop taking the medicine.
Be sure to take your medicine only as your doctor
- If you think your headaches could be
caused by depression or
anxiety, be sure to let your doctor know.
Treatment for these health problems may get rid of your headaches or
reduce how often you have them.
- If you think your headaches are related to stress, talk to your doctor about getting help to cope better with stress.