Migraine headache relief has improved with the introduction of better treatments that reduce the pain and improve the quality of life.
A migraine headache is the most prevalent pain complaint in the United States. Known as the possible headache imaginable, it displays unique symptoms.They come with back pain with back pain, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Sufferers can also experience flashing lights — called aura — which affects more than 38 million people in the U.S., most of them women.
But, some amount of relief in the form of new drugs and therapies has been introduced in the last two years, which is helping.
Migraine Headache: Treatments
People with constant migraine pain — defined as headaches for 15 or more days a month, can choose from several treatment options. One such treatment that has been around for awhile are Botox shots. Patients get a number of injections around the head and neck every three months. The latest data show that users have, on average, 1.6 fewer migraines a month — that’s good. But, the injections come with several painful side affects such as double vision, drooping eyelids, and pain in the neck, that’s bad.
Recently, doctors started prescribing a new class of medications specifically designed for migraine prevention. These drugs block CGRP, a protein that causes inflammation in the brain and triggers migraines in many patients.
Aimovig, was approved last year. Ajovy and Emgality have since been approved and your doctor can prescribe them for you. All three drugs are given as a monthly injection. They reduce episodic headaches as well as the chronic headaches.
To date, no patients have reported side affects and 50 per cent of patients report that the medicines are effective. Indeed, 20 percent of patients report they have complete relief from their migraine attacks.
Nerve Stimulation and Behavioral Treatment
Behavioral treatments like biofeedback, relaxation or cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) may offer relief. They often address lifestyle challenges, like stress, sleep disturbances and mood disorders, that are common migraine triggers.
And, believe it or not, even yoga can make a difference. In a study published in the journal Headache, migraine patients who practiced yoga found relief. They reported significant decreases in headache intensity, frequency, and the need for medication.