Migraines are painful, throbbing headaches. They often start on one side of the head. They may cause nausea and vomiting and make you sensitive to light, sound, or smell. Some people may have only a few migraines throughout life. Others have them as often as several times a month.
The goal of treatment is to reduce the number of migraines you have and relieve your symptoms. Even with treatment, you may continue to have migraines. You play an important role in dealing with your headaches. Work on avoiding things that seem to trigger your migraines. When you feel a headache coming on, act quickly to stop it before it gets worse.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter V975 in the search box to learn more about "Recurring Migraine Headache: Care Instructions".
Current as of: October 9, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
©2006-2018 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Care instructions adapted under license by your healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.