Migraine Treatments 2018-05-26T20:48:13+00:00

Migraine Treatments

When migraines and other severe headaches (including cluster headaches) kick in at full force, even people with the highest pain tolerance will go running for just about any sort of pain relief or treatment that they can find.  Migraine treatments vary in effectiveness based on the person, their triggers, their age, and where in the cycle of the migraine the patient is at.  Patients who describe their pain are often using words like worst and massive. Several million Americans (and who knows how many worldwide migraine patients) are trying to keep these headaches under control, and often do not take advantage of all of the options available.  There’s a whole host of new scientific studies being done on how to best treat migraines and while some time-proven methods work well, other new methods may prove more useful in your particular case.

To identify the best migraine treatments, make sure to keep a headache diary.  You’ll want to note when the migraine started, how long it lasted, what you had to eat or drink for the previous 24 or 48 hours, and what you were doing when it started and stopped.  Looking through the migraine diary may help you and your medical provider track down patterns of days where headaches happened and also when headaches didn’t occur, so you can prevent headaches.


Doing anything and everything you can do to stop a migraine before it happens is the very best migraine treatment available.  This class of treatments is called preventative treatments, and is everything that would stop a migraine before it even starts.  Preventative treatments can include meditation and exercise, sleep, and changes to your diet, as well as medications, herbs, and supplements.  Long-term treatment of severe headaches should focus on reducing the frequency and severity of migraines.  Reducing it to severity of “none”, and frequency of “never” is my personal dream.


Once a migraine starts – the race is on to do everything you can to stop the pain.  Anything that stops a headache in its tracks would be an “abortive” treatment, and there are a lot of possible abortive treatments.  Common treatments can include over the counter medication (OTC) such as motrin, tylenol and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and the very popular prescription triptans (sumatriptan, frovatriptan, and many others).  Imitrex is one popular named-brand triptan that is commonly prescribed.  Other popular treatments include sleep, nausea medication, narcotics, stretching, submersion in a dark room, and many more.

There are many, many migraine treatments that are on the market – ranging from herbal remedies to high dosage narcotics.  One of the most frustrating aspects of migraines is that treatments are often triggers.

For example, adequate amounts of sleep can help prevent and keep a migraine at bay.  If you don’t get enough sleep, you can bring on a migraine episode, which may be able to be cured by taking some OTC medications and then getting some sleep.  At which point, the sleep is also a treatment.

Caffeine may be one of the worst culprits of a migraine trigger that is also a migraine treatment.

A wide variety of herbal remedies for migraines exist on the market which can provide all natural migraine treatments.  You may be well served by trying a few of them, and recording the results in your migraine diary.

Most migraine treatment protocols are to start with a weak treatment and then work your way up and escalate to stronger treatments.  Alternatively, some migraine sufferers (myself included) prefer to go nuclear as often as possible – reach straight for the strongest treatment you have on hand.

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