Earache normal with Migraine? Anything to stop or prevent?

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    Please I do have earache before the migraine starts is this normal? I learnt chocolate triggers the headache is this true? Lastly is there anything I could do to stop or prevent the headache? Thanks, Olaoluwa.


    Full Answer:

    Dear Olaoluwa;


    Some people do experience earache during the beginning phases of a Migraine attack and even through the end of one. That said, if this is a new symptom for you, it should be discussed with your doctor to be sure it's being caused by your Migraines and not something else.


    Chocolate is a trigger for some people with Migraines, but not for all.

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    There are treatments to abort Migraine attacks once they start, and there are medications that can be taken daily to help prevent Migraines. Preventive medications are usually recommended if you have three or more Migraines a month or if your Migraines are especially severe. You can find more information in Preventive, Abortive, and Rescue Medications - What's the Difference?


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: June 05, 2013