(NC)-Did you know that more than half of people who suffer from migraines have never been diagnosed? Many people who actually suffer from migraines may feel they just have a "bad" headache. But it's important to recognize that a migraine is much more than a headache - and there are effective treatments that your doctor can suggest or prescribe to help manage the symptoms.
Your doctor will start to evaluate your headache based on how you describe your symptoms. That's why it's important to know how to speak with your doctor about the pain you're experiencing.
By considering the answers to the following questions ahead of time, you'll be much better prepared to discuss your diagnosis:
- Have you had at least five headaches like this before?
- Does your headache last between four and 72 hours?
- Do your headaches have at least two of the following characteristics:
- One sided head pain
- Throbbing or pulsating pain
- Pain that is moderate or severely intense
- Pain made worse by exertion like climbing stairs
- Do you experience at least one of the following during your headaches:
- Nausea or vomiting?
- Sensitivity to light and/or sound?
Once your doctor has completed the assessment, and if you were diagnosed with migraine, then you and your physician should discuss treatments available.
Growing evidence supports the idea that people with migraine should work with their doctor to ensure they are using the treatment that is most appropriate to their needs. Older approaches to migraine management start patients on aspirin or other treatments that may not be sufficient or adequate for many. One of the most effective treatments for severe migraines is a class of medications called triptans. Triptans are available in different formulations including some that can be conveniently taken whenever a migraine attack strikes.
While there is no cure for migraines, relief is available! Speak with your doctor or visit www.migraineinfo.ca for more information.