Migraine Management: The 7 Essentials

Where Migraines are concerned, my personal goal is to control them rather than them controlling me. What I’ve learned along the way is that I must pay attention to Migraine management to accomplish that goal.

We now know that Migraine is a genetic neurological disease. Nobody wants to have a disease. However, once we acknowledge that Migraine is a disease and that we have this disease, it’s easier to address overall disease management.

In addressing Migraine disease management, I have found seven essential elements for effective Migraine management:

  1. Getting a diagnosis – not only for having Migraine, but also which type or types of Migraine – and finding the right doctor to work with.
  2. Educating ourselves about Migraine disease.
  3. Trigger identification and management.
  4. Preventive treatment for those of us with three or more Migraines a month or if Migraines are less frequent but particularly severe or debilitating.
  5. Abortive treatment.
  6. Rescue treatment to be used when abortive treatment fails.
  7. A solid support system.

By addressing these seven essentials, I’ve been able to reduce my Migraines from five or six a week to only 11 Migraines in 2010. There’s no cure for Migraine disease yet, but to me, this is the next best thing. I have my life back and am able to be productive.

Stay tuned! In my next blog entries, I’ll be discussing each of the seven essentials in more detail. I hope you’ll find these posts interesting and helpful to you as we start a new year with Migraines.

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  • bet
    12 months ago

    is there anyone been told that they have black spots on their brain and it might have to be from the migraines? a few yaers ago I was seeing who was suppost to be one of the best doctors on migraines. but after he told me about the black spots he did nothing after that got mad and stop seeing me because I wouldn’t get botox shots all over my head.he didn’t even want to try other things before just that he wanted to do the shots.. its sad that no cares enough to help people that just knows they have migraines no doctor tells us there are so many kinds. I was in my 30*years old before I knew that I had 2 kinds.. just how long has others have knewn about this site why don’t the doctors told everyone with migraines about it..? I didn’t even know it was a disesase!! I haven’t had just a head ache in years they all might start out as anormal headaches they all turn into migraines. why????

  • Debbye Lee
    5 years ago

    I have gone to specialist. I have had a TIA, and a mild stroke, its caused damage with my right side. Migraines will kill you. There is no one that can cure this disesase.

  • Debbye Lee
    5 years ago

    I have had migraines for 33 years. I have gone thru shots and evry kind of drug there is. Hypnosis, acupuncture and physical therapy. There is no cure. Injections are just temporary. I have migraine seizures now. They cant do nothing for me. Excedrin Migraines doesn’t touch my migrines. Let me know if there is something out there. I plead with you.

  • Brenna B Mitchell
    7 years ago

    Have started injections…cannot imagine doing this to myself at home!

  • GodsGirl IsReal
    7 years ago

    I see a neurologist, do trigger management, did the.
    7 essentials still have constant migraines with no relief.

  • Hollye Harris
    7 years ago

    food journals and monthly cycle journals also help alot.

  • Lisa Welch McClellan
    7 years ago

    I have had migraines since about age 13 but within the last six months they have become chronic/ daily. I occasionally get discouraged but somehow find the strength to just push through…having three kids under 6 and a husband in the military forces me to put on a brave face. In honor of Sept. 11 I ran a Marathon…woke up that morning in a city away from home with a gripping migraine and no medication other than Advil. I ran despite my pain, to honor the people who lost their lives and the families that were left behind because no pain is greater than that. I pushed through and finished 4:11.. not my best time but it wasn’t about me or my migraines that day and that was my relief, taking the focus off my brain. Keep the faith migrainer’s… you are not alone.

  • Kim Jones
    8 years ago

    I SEE A NEUROLOGIST REGULARLY. I HAVE A TREATMENT PLAN-I TAKE PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, BUT I HAVE THE PAIN MEDS, FOR THE ONSET OF THE MIGRAINE.

  • Barbara Leibforth Downes
    8 years ago

    Cervicogenic Migraine is often overlooked and responds readily to chiropractic adjustment. Mine were nearly daily for years before that first adjustment did its miracle. It can take time to make neural changes, but if there is distortion of the spinal cord and brain stem it is affecting blood flow and pain receptors in the brain.

  • Audrey James
    8 years ago

    I have been having chronic migraines for about 7 years now and still no true relief in sight. They have had me on soooo many different meds that my body is rebelling. I have been on so many different pain meds that I walk around like a zombie. I would love to learn how to handle them without all the drug side effects. I can no longer work because I have a migraine about 20 days out of 30. I feel so sad that I am a disappointment to my family and friends because I can never plan anything because of the headaches and not knowing when exactly they are going to hit.

  • Michelle Smith
    7 years ago

    Kecia Pollock i was diagnosed with migraines yesterday and on my way to vegas tomorrow please tell me it will cure my headache lol

  • Margaret Trowbridge
    8 years ago

    Prayers are with you. I hope you ind a relief soon. Love ya

  • Kecia Pollock
    8 years ago

    Silly, you have migraines cus you don’t live here in Vegas with me.

  • Kristin Moore Klontz
    8 years ago

    Slowly but surely on the road to recovery… diagnosis is just the first step I’ve realize… on 3 preventatives & doing a bit better This “7 essentials” sounds just about right… love it! I’m so determined to get on top of my migraines instead of them ruling me… 4 years now I’ve been a prisoner in my own body… time to take back my life! I’m 36 years young… got a lot of living yet to do!

  • Kristin Moore Klontz
    8 years ago

    Thanks sis … Got to be my own advocate … No one else is going to do it for me! Josh loved his bday present by the way 🙂

  • Laura Hayes
    8 years ago

    Glad to hear you are getting answers!

  • Dianne King
    8 years ago

    This is one of the best sites I have ever found for migraine info it really has a lot of info so if you have migraines check it out.

  • Britta Morrison Nerber
    8 years ago

    Thanks Dianne! I can’t wait to check this out!

  • Pen Ort
    8 years ago

    Thanks Teri. Useful stuff there. My migraines control me no question. And it seems we are all out of ideas. Living on Triptans on the couch. Still hoping, but so far not winning.
    No triggers. Preventatives didn’t work. No rescue meds. I do think it is different here in UK.
    Thanks for all you do Teri.

  • Monica
    8 years ago

    Ellen, there are actually quite a few (some free and some that cost). One called MigraineMate (free) calculates the chance of a migraine according to current and recent weather data. Another called ecHeadache Diary ($4.99) has 18 statistical charts to help track everything frm pain to triggers to treatments. Still another called Headache Relief Diary (free) was created by a neurologist and features an interactive diary.

    For apps, just go to the search feature and enter “migraine” and enjoy what you find. Good luck & God bless!

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    8 years ago

    I always love how Teri is able to wrap things up in a neat little package – like this fabulous post. Can’t wait to see what else you write in future posts Teri!

    Monica, I hadn’t seen this app yet. Thanks for mentioning it here!! I’m going to look it up though and hope maybe I can use it on my new iPad too. Have you seen any other apps that might help with Migraine issues???

  • Monica
    8 years ago

    I use a free app on my iPod touch that helps me track and manage migraine triggers. It’s called “iManage Migraine”. My doctor often asks me to refer to it when we’re discussing how management is going.

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