Chronic migraine is defined as “when a person indicates the presence of a migraine for at least 15 days out of the month over the duration of 6 months,” and is estimated to cost the US over $20 billion a year in medical expenses and lost productivity. The isolation caused by the condition brings a higher tendency for the sufferer to also battle other secondary conditions like depression, sleep disorders and anxiety.
Despite the seriousness of this condition, there is currently no cure for a migraine – but there is hope. Several behavioral and prophylactic treatments can work to reduce the frequency and to mitigate the severity after an individual migraine has occurred. There are also some preventative measures that can be followed to lessen the severity or regularity of a migraine.
Prophylactic treatments involve identifying and avoiding an individual’s migraine triggers. It can also include certain medications, physical therapies, behavior therapies and surgical techniques.
Abortive treatment focuses on the other end of the spectrum; action implemented once the migraine has arrived. Most commonly, this will include consuming some type of over the counter pain relief or a prescription medication. To prevent the migraine from becoming severe, sufferers are advised to take these medications at the onset to provide a better chance of preventing a full-blown attack.
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