When you’re experiencing the excruciating headaches, nausea and vomiting that come with migraines, you might feel isolated in your pain. However, you’re not alone.
It’s the third most common condition in the world, far outstripping asthma, epilepsy, and diabetes. In the UK alone, six million people suffer from debilitating headaches and migraines.
As painful as migraines are, there are things you can do to avoid common migraine triggers and live an easier, pain-free life. Learn more about what usually triggers migraines and how you can avoid getting them as often.
Migraines are painful headaches which manifest as a pulsating pain on one side of the head. Victims of migraines may also experience other common symptoms like:
Migraines can also be precluded by warning signs, known as migraine aura. This is characterised by:
Migraines can force people to take time off work and they can be very upsetting. It’s very difficult to stop a headache in its tracks once it has developed into a fully blown migraine, and the pain can often be almost unbearable.
A huge step towards relieving the pain of migraines is identifying your specific migraine triggers. If you can stop migraines from developing altogether, or stop them from getting too bad, you will find it a lot easier to manage your migraines and cope.
Confirmed common migraine triggers include:
Migraine triggers vary from person to person, so you might find it useful to keep a migraine diary. You can use this to track the frequency, duration, and intensity of your migraines.
Be sure to record things such as:
After keeping a diary for a few weeks (or months), you should be able to spot common patterns.
Once you have identified the things that seem to be causing your migraines, you need to take steps in order to cut them out of your life as much as you can.
It could be that as well as pain relief and treatments, a lifestyle change will help you manage your migraines (or eradicate them completely).
Consider making changes to your routine with the following:
While there is no long-term cure for the condition, there are a number of effective migraine treatments available to help you cope with the pain of migraine attacks.
For most people suffering from migraines, Sumatriptan would be the first-choice migraine treatment. If you suffer from migraine and have never been prescribed Sumatriptan, or a similar drug such as Almotriptan or Zolmitriptan, you should speak to your GP about them. People who have been diagnosed with migraine and successfully used a triptan can complete an online consultation with our Online Doctor for easy access to repeat prescriptions.
Investigating migraine triggers is an important step on the journey to recovery, but sometimes you want quick and fast relief. Suffering from debilitating headaches at the moment? Speak to our friendly Online Doctor team who will be able to prescribe you some effective pain relief.
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