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I have suffered with migraines for almost 30 years. I saw a neurologist 20 years ago. I stayed on what he prescribed for the most part. I did have a few years where I had no migraines and/or they were manageable with abortive medications. For the last year I started taking a preventative medication as well. I currently take propranolol and fioricet. I recently had a major outbreak episode. My doctor has referred me to a neurologist to discuss other options. What should I talk to the doctor about? I can't take anything with NSAIDS I am allergic.

  1. Hi Jes212- it sounds like you already have a good starting place for some things to discuss with your new doctor (just from the brief things you shared with us here). The last time I switched doctors I was pleased that they had clearly been through my record, and they knew a lot about me before the appointment ever began, which was helpful so that I didn't have to explain everything. They came to me with new ideas regarding my treatment, rather than me having to plan the visit myself, which I really appreciated. But perhaps taking some time in advance to think about what you want to accomplish with this doctor and making some advance notes would help you to feel more prepared for your visit. Either way, please keep us posted on how the visit goes- I hope it ends up being helpful! Warmly, Melanie (team member)

    1. Great questions. I'm assuming you've been seeing a general practitioner in the meantime since you're last evaluation with a neurologist. I'm wondering if you'll be seeing a migraine specialist or a general neurologist (migraine specialists are more specifically trained in the field of migraine). I'm going to send you a link to our current treatment list page to show you what's currently being offered in terms of preventative and rescue treatments so you can perhaps review those options in advance of your appointment. It really depends on how frequently you are experiencing attacks as some preventatives are only offered if you are experiencing more than 15 attacks a month. There are a lot of options out there that weren't available 20 years ago. Have a look at this resource (it's interactive and will lead you through rescue vs preventative options) and let us know what additional questions you have, if any: https://migraine.com/treatment-options
      We're here to support you along the way! Warmly, Holly (migraine.com team)

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