Never-ending waking with Migraines nearly every day?

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    I'm being treated by a neurologist right now but so far no help. I wake up with migraines just about every day. It seems to be a never-ending thing. It doesn't help either that I've got children at young ages. If there's any advice you may offer I will be very grateful. Thank you, Rebecca.

     


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    Dear Rebecca;

     

    The most common triggers for waking with a Migraine are sleep issues:

    • too much sleep
    • too little sleep
    • disrupted sleep
    • poor quality sleep
    • irregular sleep schedule

    Have you and your doctor discussed your sleep? If not, you should. Many people really have no idea they're have sleep issues until a doctor asks the right question. There's information on this in our video Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep. If it turns out that a sleep issue is not the problem, then identifying your triggers should still be a priority.

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    It may also be that medications for Migraine prevention could help, but that's a decision for you and your doctor.

     

    If your doctor isn’t able to help you, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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Published On: April 02, 2010