is a poorly understood topic and a highly under-diagnosed condition worldwide.
Everyone has heard about migraine, but rarely do people take it seriously. Even those suffering from migraine dismiss the condition thinking it’s just a bad headache. Migraine may look like a bad headache, but it is a serious neurological condition that needs attention from a specialist doctor.
Recently, it has been demonstrated that approximately 30-40% of migraine patients do not actually know that they have migraine.1
Reasons why people do not visit a doctor –
Many people who suffer from migraine think it is a general headache and often self medicate.
Also, due to poor awareness about the seriousness of migraine headaches, people do not think it is necessary to consult a doctor.
Further, many may think that it is futile to visit a doctor because it is “just a headache” and the doctor may not take it seriously or may not be able to help at all.
Hence, dispelling all presumptions, consulting a migraine specialist will help you manage the condition better.
Click on this link to find a migraine specialist near you.How to make your doctor visits fruitful –
Going to your doctor with an open mind is imperative if you wish to conquer your Migraine. The following tips will help you to make the most out of your doctor visit.
1) Communicate your pain to the doctor explicitly, even if you think there is nothing much to describe a headache. Let your doctor know about all other accompanying symptoms such as nausea and photophobia. Making yourself clear will help your doctor make a right decision about the medication to be prescribed.
2) Do not hesitate to ask questions. The more details you can gather about your condition from an expert, the better.
3) Let your doctor know if any of your family members are also migraineurs. Family history is a very important piece of information you need to tell your doctor.
4) Your doctor may ask you to maintain a migraine dairy if you are not already following it. A migraine diary will help your doctor to understand your triggers and headache patterns.
5) Ask for advice on lifestyle modifications such as diet or exercise which will help you avoid or manage migraine headaches.
6) Get as much information from your doctor as possible regarding the medication. Migraine specific medicines are completely different from general headache medicines. Understand the difference from your doctor.
7) If your migraines are severe or you suffer from migraine aura, ask your doctor for alternative therapy for migraine management. Non-drug treatments such as hypnosis or biofeedback mechanisms have proven to help migraineurs significantly.
8) Most importantly, trust your doctor and consult him often. There could be instances where you may need to change the dosage of your medicine or change the medicine completely. Never stop consulting your doctor after the first visit.
Many people live with migraine for years without knowing what the debilitating headache is, or that it can be treated by a doctor. Since, migraine is a long-term condition and it affects the quality of life, keeping in touch with a migraine specialist will help you manage and reduce your migraine frequencies.
- J Headache Pain (2007) 8:205-208