Battle Your Migraine with Fast Treatment
Migraine headaches can stop you in your tracks with pain, nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. It may be tempting to just crawl in bed, but getting quick treatment may be key to stopping the agony. Research shows that treating a migraine within the first two hours of pain provides the best chance of effective relief. Try these guidelines for getting fast care and treatment to help stop a migraine early.
Heed Warning Signs
Some patients have warning signs of a pending migraine ahead of time. This is called an aura and may include flashes of light, blind spots, tingling on one side of the face, or tingling in your arm or leg. If you do have these symptoms, you know it’s time to seek treatment or take medicine if you have some on hand.
Care Without the Wait
Many migraine patients resort to a long wait in an Emergency Room or Urgent Care to get treatment, especially if the migraine strikes on a weekend. Cone Health is offering a new option in care called InstaCare. The office is open 365 days a year, and patients are able to save a spot online before leaving home or work. Patients avoid the hassle of spending hours in a bright and noisy waiting room and can be seen quickly.
InstaCare, which opened this summer, is located in the Lake Jeanette Office Park. The medical team has experience treating migraine pain.
Migraine Medication Options
There are three types of medications typically used to treat a migraine after it has begun. In addition to the options below, anti-nausea medicine may also be prescribed if nausea and vomiting is a problem.
- Pain Relievers
Mild migraines may respond to ibuprofen or aspirin. Over-the-counter medicines labeled for migraines often contain a combination of acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine. Some patients with moderate migraines respond well to these medications; however, there is a risk of stomach irritation, ulcers, or bleeding with continued use of these medications.
Triptans cause blood vessels to constrict and block pain pathways in the brain. Common triptan medications include sumatriptan, rizatriptan, naratriptan, and others. They are available in pill, nasal spray, and injection form. Some patients experience side effects of dizziness, drowsiness, and muscle weakness.
These medications include ergotamine and caffeine combination drugs and are most effective for patients whose pain lasts for more than 48 hours. This type of medication may make nausea and vomiting worse. An ergot derivative known as dihydroergotamine has fewer side effects and comes as a nasal spray or injection.
The next time you are facing a migraine, remember to seek care quickly to have the best chance of stopping the crippling effects. The providers at InstaCare can help you feel better fast.