Answers to Common Headache Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about headaches.

How is a migraine treated?

There are a variety of ways to treat migraines, both with behavior changes and medication, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Your doctor might have you keep a headache journal to try to help pinpoint what environmental, behavioral, and lifestyle factors are triggering your migraines, according to the AAFP. Avoiding these triggers can help avoid migraines.

Some common triggers, according to the AAFP, include:

  • Bright lights
  • Dehydration
  • Dieting
  • Flashing lights
  • Hormone changes
  • Illnesses, including cold and flu
  • Loud noise
  • Some drinks
  • Some food
  • Some types of medication
  • Stress

If your doctor recommends medication, it might be used to help relieve migraine pain or to help stop migraines before they start.

Other steps the AAFP recommends to help manage migraine pain include:

  • Lying in a dark, quiet room
  • Massaging the scalp with lots of pressure
  • Putting pressure on your temples
  • Sleeping
  • Using a cold compress on your forehead or behind your neck

For more information about treating migraines, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Richard Kim, MD, The Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Aaron Block, MD, Franklin Family Practice

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