Migraine: Not Just A Bad Headache

10.02.2019

Got a migraine? Don’t suffer in silence.

Most of us have a headache every once in a while. But not every other day. Or ones that last for hours – or even days – each time.

Throbbing headache pain that makes you retreat to a darkened corner may signal a migraine or other headache disorder. If severe, debilitating migraines sideline you two or more times a month, it’s time to seek help from a headache specialist.

“People believe the stigma that migraines are ‘just a headache’ – a non-issue,” said Jessica Glassman, NP, at NeuroCare Center Goshen Health. “Living with migraine pain can take its toll on jobs, relationships and sense of well-being.”

The pain and accompanying effects of a migraine may cause you to miss family events, take time away from work or skip a daily routine all too frequently.

“It’s not necessary to live with severe headaches, like migraines,” said Jessica, who is certified in headache medicine. Yet more than half of all migraine sufferers are never diagnosed.

Migraine pain relief

Jessica offers these steps to get treatment and give you back your life.

Talk with your family doctor if you have one or two severe headaches a week. Your doctor can refer you to a specialist for a complete neurological evaluation.

Find out about a family history of migraines or severe headaches. Nearly 90 percent of migraine sufferers inherit the disorder from other family members. A headache specialist will review your history and will also look for warning signs that may indicate other causes of headache.

Discuss treatment options with a headache specialist. Medications can effectively manage migraine pain. Some can even prevent or reduce recurrence. “Our goal is to reduce headache frequency by at least half,” said Jessica. “That changes people’s lives.”

Be patient during treatment. Finding the right medication, lifestyle adjustments or therapies takes time. “Migraines are different in each person,” explained Jessica. “It may take a couple of months to know if treatment is working.”

Know you’re not alone. About 30 million Americans live with migraine disorders. Nearly 70 percent of migraine sufferers are women. “Many of our patients are women in their 20s or 30s who have suffered with migraines for 10 years or more,” said Jessica. It’s common for migraines to start during adolescence or early teens.

To learn more about our headache specialists, contact NeuroCare Center Goshen Physicians.