Migraine Treatments

What to Do When Your Migraine Treatment's Not Working

Feeling frustrated that your migraine treatment isn’t working? That’s completely fair. It is frustrating that we live in an on-demand world where everything is just a click away, yet doctors still can’t say with 100% certainty which treatments will work for your migraine attacks.

But, before you give up, you should understand a little bit more about what’s standing in the way of you and an effective migraine treatment plan. And that’s the fact that everyone’s migraines are different, meaning there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.

Unlike with tension headaches, an over-the-counter pain relief medication probably isn’t going to take away the severe pain you feel during a migraine attack. Yes, for some people, the first medication they’re prescribed will do the trick, but for others, it involves a combination of acute pain relief medication and preventative treatment that takes a little time to figure out.

Think of finding your migraine treatment plan like finding the perfect pair of jeans. It’s out there, but you’re going to have to go into a few dressing rooms and try on a few brands before settling on “the one.”

So, like that pair of jeans, progress is a process and it’ll just take time and patience to find the treatment plan that’s right for you. It’s for that very reason that we’re such big advocates of tracking your migraines (the treatment’s efficacy, the symptoms, and the triggers).

The more information you can share with your doctor about your migraine headaches over time, your treatment history, and how your current treatment’s working, the easier it’ll be for them to identify the next best step. Plus, it’ll help you start to understand your migraine triggers so you can avoid them when possible.


The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely upon the content provided in this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.


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