Migraine – Just a Bad Headache?

While it is true that there is no real cure for migraine, there are a number of ways that can help prevent attacks from happening as well as help affected individuals cope with its debilitating effects if it does happen.

First, an individual should not ignore migraine and dismiss it as “just a bad headache”. Do not ignore migraine, since it is a real medical condition not unlike asthma or diabetes. Acknowledging it as a real disease will encourage you and your loved ones to seek effective treatment.

Next, consult a physician. They may have stopgap measures in the form of medicines that will help keep you functional even with migraine attacks, for example, the new treatment called “triptans” will relieve pain from migraine as well as minimize their sensitivity to light and sound.

Do not hide your migraine from co-workers and colleagues. This is an important matter since a lot of people tend to neglect educating their co-workers and employers about their condition, resulting in said people not giving them proper treatment during migraine attacks.

Lastly, always pay attention to migraine’s effects on your personal and professional life. If the migraine attacks are so intense that they have started impacting your work performance, or have caused you to treat family members in less acceptable ways, it may be time to seek professional help since it is obvious that your migraine is currently not under control. Tell your doctor everything and allow him to help you come up with a treatment plan.