If you regularly get migraines, talk to your M.D. about preventive medications. They can greatly reduce the frequency of attacks (yet only 1 in 5 patients use them).
Even with preventives, migraines can still break through. And you’ll want to have your pain reliever at the ready so you can take it as soon as the agony begins.
Doctors do not recommend taking your meds while you’re experiencing the visual disturbances or physical sensations of aura. Instead, wait for the first sign of pain.
Over-the-counter drugs may work when pain isn’t severe. But many patients find more relief with prescription drugs, like triptans, ergot alkaloids, or CGRP blockers.
These nifty machines can relieve pain at home when you can’t (or don’t want to) take meds. They all stimulate certain brain pathways to ease the ache.
Once you’ve taken your meds or used your device, now is the time to rest. The pain should ease within a couple of hours, but you’ll feel wiped out for several more.