Migraine Headache - Health Tips

Thoughts on Migraine Headache by Dr. Peterkin Lee-Kwen, MD
November 2023

Migraine headaches is very, and overall. This is a disabling conditions associated with multiple symptoms. The mechanism of Migraines is thought to be associated with vasospasm of arteries in the brain. Depending on the artery, there are different symptoms such as Speech difficulties, irritability, visual disturbances, neck pain, Nausea and vomiting or rarely, loss of consciousness. The migraine mechanism continues with vasodilatation and release of substances such as CGRP. This results in severe headaches and pain. The patient may sometimes vomit or go to sleep to get relief. 

Acute treatment for the headaches may include  Acetaminophen, NSAIDs, Triptans, CGRP inhibitors, Butalbital

Preventative treatment for patients experiencing more than one severe disabling headaches per week may Involve avoided migraine triggers in the diet such as foods containing tyramine, nitrites, and sulfites. Medications used includesTricyclic agents such as Amitriptyline,  Anticonvulsants such as Topiramate,  Blood pressure meds such as beta blockers or calcium channel blockers, CGRP inhibitors or botulinum toxin. 

Thoughts on Migraine Headache by Madeline Hulcher, NP
August 2022

Common side effects of triptans include:

Nausea, dizziness, flushing, tingling, neck pain, and chest tightness. 

Serious side effects should be immediately reported to a medical professional including: 

Chest pain, heart arrhythmias

Do NOT take triptans with any history of myocardial infarction, coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular accidents, hemiplegic migraines, uncontrolled hypertension, or peripheral vascular disease.

Source: Vivacare
Last updated : 2/10/2023

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