Treatment for Migraine Headaches
A migraine headache is a severe pain felt on one, and sometimes both, sides of the head. The pain of migraine headaches is often described as an intense pulsing or throbbing pain in one area of the head. In addition to pain, a person with migraines may have nausea and vomiting, and may also be sensitive to light and sound. The World Health Organization considers migraine headaches to be one of the most debilitating diseases in the world, affecting an estimated 28 million Americans.
There are two ways to approach migraine headache treatment -- preventing the attacks or relieving the symptoms during the attacks (see Migraine Relief).
For migraine relief during an acute attack, there are a number of different traditional treatment options. These treatments can include making lifestyle changes and taking medications (see Migraine Medications). Unfortunately, while these steps can control migraine headaches, there is no cure for migraines.
For those who have headaches on a more frequent basis -- as well as for those who have severe headaches -- the healthcare provider may recommend medicines to prevent migraines from occurring. While many of these migraine medications were originally developed to treat epilepsy and depression, they are also effective for migraine prevention.
(Click Migraine Treatments for more information on treating or preventing migraines. You can also read other treatment articles by clicking Migraine Diet or Migraine Medications.)