Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How Migraines are Diagnosed and Treated

How Migraines are Diagnosed and Treated

  1. Unilateral location
  2. Pulsating quality
  3. Moderate or severe pain intensity
  4. Aggravation by or causing avoidance of routine physical activity
  1. Nausea and/or vomiting
  2. Photophobia and phonophobia
Treatment can be divided into medicinal and behavioral. Behavioral treatment focuses on changing certain habits and avoiding things that exacerbate migraines. It appears that the brain of a patient suffering from migraines is affected by extreme situations, and thus, they need to make sure they get regular and sufficient sleep and food and avoid stress. In other words, people who suffer from migraines must avoid states of extreme hunger, stress or fatigue. In addition, some foods may also lead to migraines, so it is important to recognize them and avoid them completely, though there is no specific food that causes migraines, making recognizing these foods an individual’s responsibility. A person suffering from migraines needs to monitor their daily routine and pinpoint the things that exacerbate or trigger migraine attacks in the first place. Since these triggers can change from time to time, it can be very frustrating as this behavior cannot guarantee cessation of migraines.

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