Migraines can cause intense, debilitating pain that can leave the sufferer out of commission for hours on end. Preventing them can often be difficult, especially when you’re not aware of your triggers or the exact circumstances that cause your migraines. Here are a few methods of prevention and tracking that could help you prevent your next migraine attack.
Figuring out what causes or “triggers” a migraine is key to helping prevent them. There is no one cause, so it is helpful to keep a journal of when you get them, as well as what might have caused it, including your diet, sleep patterns, level of stress, etc. Here are a few things that may trigger migraine attacks:
Techniques and methods for preventing migraines without medication should be discussed with your doctor, if you’re considering not using the medications. There are various methods, but they all will take time and effort and may not be the ideal method for you.
While research has not yielded a lot of evidence as to the effectiveness of certain alternative migraine prevention methods, you can always discuss them with your doctor. This can include dietary supplements and herbal products like magnesium, feverfew, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10.
There are many medications, which you may already be aware of, which are intended to treat migraines, but they are not intended to prevent migraines. Preventive medications are intended to be taken whether or not you have symptoms, over a longer period of time. Generally, medications for prevention are recommended if the following apply to you:
Consult with a doctor if there are any methods you haven’t explored, especially if your migraines aren’t being prevented to your satisfaction. Your healthcare provider can explain to you all of the risks, and can let you know if they are possible options, given your medical history.