LIVEWELL MINUTE: Migraine Headaches

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Migraine headache affects 36 million Americans. Migrane attacks may last from 4 hours to 3 days, with sufferers experiencing pounding head pain, nausea and sensitivity to sound and light.

Dr. Lynn Rankin, MD, Neurologist, UnityPoint Clinic says, "Migraine typically arises from a family history, but may begin following a mild head injury, illness or a shift in hormones. People should log their attacks, looking for triggers or patterns, and seek a diagnosis from their physician."

Migraine treatment is individualized for each patient. People should keep a regular routine, including their sleep, meals, exercise and stress management. Success is often achieved with lifestyle management plus medication.

Dr. Rankin says, "I work with patients to determine the best medications for them, depending on the frequency and severity of their symptoms. We also discuss use of caffeine, dietary triggers and other lifestyle changes that can help manage their symptoms."