Migraines and Headaches - 12 Tips for Living Well All Year

by Teri Robert, Lead Expert

The beginning of a new year is a time when we often review our lives and make resolutions of things we're going to do or not do. While that's admirable, how many of us actually keep those resolutions?

Especially if resolutions are related to health, there are often issues impacting them that are outside our control. Making New Year's resolutions regarding health issues is often frustrating and disappointing; somewhat like inviting failure when there are things we cannot control. What works better for many people is a firm, ongoing commitment to working with our doctors as treatment partners and doing all we can to improve the management of our Migraines and / or headaches.

Here are some suggestions for living well with Migraines and headaches, all year...

1. Evaluate Your Medical Team:

How is your medical team? Are you happy with your doctors or are you settling because you just don't have the fortitude to change doctors? Are you making progress in treating your headaches and Migraines? If you're settling for something less than an effective partnership with your doctor, why not consider finding a new doctor? It may be time to find a Migraine and headache specialist. It's important to note that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists.

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2. Review Your Treatment Regimen:

How's your treatment regimen doing? Are your preventives keeping your frequency and severity at reasonable levels? It's easy to feel as if you've tried every preventive out there, but there are so many that having tried them all is virtually impossible. Don't forget complementary therapies. Massage, aromatherapy, biofeedback, and other complementary therapies can be a huge help. Some people call these "alternative therapies," but I prefer the term "complementary" because they can be used alone or in concert with pharmaceutical and other therapies to complement them. If your regimen isn't working well, or if it could use a few tweaks, why not make some notes and talk with your doctor? Evaluate your treatment, set treatment goals for your treatment, then discuss the evaluation and goals with your doctor.

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