Migraine Headaches (cont.)
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Living With Migraine Headaches
You may have fewer migraines—and less pain when you do get them—by trying to:
Find and avoid migraine triggers
You can reduce how many migraines you have by finding out what triggers your migraines and avoiding those things. Triggers may include food, alcohol, hot weather, and changes to your routine.
Keep a headache diary
Keep a headache diary(What is a PDF document?) to find your triggers. You write down when you have a headache and how bad it is, along with details such as what you ate and what you did before the headache started. This information can help you find and avoid the things that bring on your headaches.
Take your medicines as directed
The best way to stop a migraine is to take your medicine at the first sign of a headache. You might think you can stop the migraine by lying down and being quiet or doing relaxation exercises. But if a migraine has started, it's probably too late for those other methods to work.
You may be able to have fewer headaches by taking prescription medicine to prevent migraines. But taking this medicine doesn't mean that you'll never get a migraine.
Migraine headaches are more common during stressful times or right after a stressful time ends.
You can lower your stress with positive thinking and relaxation methods. Research shows that you can change how you think. And how you think affects how you feel. Try these techniques on your own or with help from a therapist or counselor.
You also can learn to stop thinking all the time about things that bother you.
Get help from your doctor or counselor
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