Treating Migraines: February 21, 2011

For some, the pain from a migraine can be so intense that it stops them in their tracks. “We’re not completely sure why some migraines happen,” says Lee Memorial Health System Family Practice Physician, Avery Wright, D.O. Migraines need to be treated on an individual basis. “It always comes down to that individual person and what exactly is going on with that person before you can make the decision as to what the treatment options should be.”

Sometimes, rest may be all that’s needed. “When people are getting migraines, yeah, what they want to do is curl up, dark room, no stimulus of any kind, and go to sleep. And that works. You wake up and hopefully the headache is gone. If you can do that, that is the appropriate thing to do.”

For others, a more powerful method is used. “What we try to do is if somebody is getting migraine headaches, depends on how often they are coming on, but if they’re not too frequent we can use medications you can take as soon as you start to feel the headache, you take the pill and it should calm everything down.”

There’s a third option, too. “Some people will get very frequent migraines and those people, it’s not appropriate to take a pill every time you get a headache. So, we have some other medications like beta blockers that you can take everyday to prevent migraine headaches,” adds Wright.

Some migraines can come with vision problems, nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light or sound. Make sure you alert your physician about these problems when finding the best treatment.