A recent interview with a Migraine Specialist, Dr. Merle Diamond was asked a number of questions about migraines and how to prevent and take care of them. Traditional headaches are more of a tension headache, while migraines are throbbing and more severe. You can feel pressure on one side, nausea, vomiting, and with children they are often a forehead headache.
People who experience migraines are incapacitated for hours with each attack. Some report migraines lasting up to four hours or a couple of days. Summertime can make it difficult for migraines. Schedules are jammed pack with activities.
Triggers for migraines include stress, varied eating times, not being hydrated enough, the heat, and summer storms. You can’t plan your life around a migraine because they are so unpredictable. In many cases, you can lose up to eight hours of time, which makes people feel guilty, They then stress more, for not being able to take care of the things that need to be done. It is very important to have a treatment plan.
Treatment plans can be with over-the-counter-medicine, but most patients who have a high level of disability need a prescription medication. A classic prescription drug that has “Triptan” and an anti-inflammatory is “Micro Treximet”. This can stop a migraine in its tracks and allow you to get back to normal function.
As with most unpredictable experiences, planning ahead is key to prevention and treatment of migraines. Talk to your doctor for options that can work for you.
Dr. Diamond is currently an attending physician in Internal Medicine at Saint Joseph Hospital and Director of the Diamond Inpatient Headache Unit. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science /Chicago Medical School. Also, she is a Lecturer in the Department of Medicine (Neurology), Loyola University Chicago/Stritch School of Medicine. Diamond graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan, and received her medical education from Northwestern University Medical School. She is a former fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and current diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine.