Frequent Migraines, numerous neurologists, don't know what to do now?

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    I get migraines every week. Sometimes, two days a week, and sometimes several days a week. I have been to numerous Neurologists. I have tried numerous preventative medications, but nothing works. I have been going to a Homeopath, who has treated me for all kinds of things that might trigger a migraine and it has helped to eliminate some things that did trigger a migraine. I do not know what to do now. These migraines are disrupting my life, because I cannot plan anything ahead, because I do not know when I am going to get a migraine. I do not get the aura. Do you have any suggestions? Lois.

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    Dear Lois;

     

    One thing to note is that a neurologist isn't necessarily a Migraine specialist, and a Migraine specialists isn't necessarily a neurologist. That said, there are excellent doctors who do specialize in treating Migraine and other headache disorders. At this point, consulting a Migraine specialist is our best suggestion for you. If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists. There are over 100 medications in use for Migraine prevention now, so although it can take time and patience, an effective preventive regimen can be found for nearly all Migraineurs.

     

    As for knowing when you're going to get a Migraine, did you know that there's a phase of the Migraine that comes even before the aura? It's called the prodrome, and it can start up to two days before the headache phase. Many people have never been told about it or think they don't experience it because they don't know the symptoms to watch for. Not everyone experiences the prodrome, but we find that many people do once they understand it. For more on this, see Recognizing the Migraine Prodrome.

     

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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Published On: July 28, 2011