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.
Everyone’s migraines are different, meaning there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Unlike with tension headaches, the first over-the-counter pain relief medication you take 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.
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.
We know, we know, this feels like a no-brainer. But how often have you skipped your preventative medication for a day (or two or three) because you were in a rush in the morning or didn’t take your acute pain reliever because you forgot the bottle at home.
Do your best to create a routine that helps you remember to take your medication as needed, as well as keep it on hand so you have it as soon as a migraine attack begins.
If you’re not seeing your migraine headaches reduce in severity or frequency after a few weeks, check in with your doctor and let them know (and having your tracker handy so you can be as specific as possible). While finding the right treatment plan might take some time, it’ll go a bit faster if you let your doctor know what’s working and what’s not.
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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