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- Knowing—and managing—your triggers. Because migraines affect people in very different ways, it’s important to be familiar with how they affect you specifically. This includes knowing what triggers your migraine, getting enough rest, and keeping stress levels low. This also means being your own advocate. Keep a migraine journal to track your pain and speak up to your doctor about the symptoms you’re experiencing. Not sure how to talk to your doctor about your headaches? Check out these suggestions from neurologist Mark Green, MD.
- Being proactive. One of the best ways to treat your migraine is to stop them before they start. As soon as you realize a migraine may be in the forecast, attempt to head it off. Make sure you take all prescribed medications before the pain becomes too debilitating.
- Knowing your options. There is no one specific migraine treatment that’s right for everyone. But knowing which options are available to you, whether it’s medication, natural remedies or even Botox, can help you start a dialogue with your doctor that could help craft your personal treatment plan.
- Building a team. Whether it’s friends and family, a neurologist, primary care physician, or counselor, make use of the supportive people around you. They can help keep you track and be on there on days when the migraine pain sidetracks you.
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