If you suffer from migraines, you may want to pay more attention to your
sleep habits. That's the message from several studies which show that sleep
problems, like insomnia, may actually trigger migraines.
You have new nausea and vomiting, or you cannot keep
food or liquids down.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to
contact your doctor if:
Your headache does not get better
within 24 hours.
Your headache wakes you up
Your headaches get worse or happen more
You develop new symptoms.
You have any problems
with your medicine, or your medicine isn't helping your
You are older than 50 and have new or more frequent
Your headaches occur after physical exercise, sexual
activity, coughing, or sneezing.
Your life is disrupted by your
headaches (for example, you often miss work or
Watchful waiting is a period of time during
which you and your doctor watch your symptoms or condition
without using medical treatment. Watchful waiting may be fine if you have recently been diagnosed with migraines and over-the-counter medicines are controlling your pain.
Who to see
Health professionals who may diagnose
and treat your migraines include the following: