Migraines have been around for quiet some time and have been increasing. In the past, the best doctors could do for a migraine sufferer, especially a chronic migraine sufferer, was to basically tell them to “take two aspirin and call me in the morning.” You know the drill. They would tell you to rest, decrease stress if possible and use Tylenol or Advil if the aspirin doesn’t work. In addition, ice packs were also common treatments. Most of these treatments didn’t work – and still don’t work – against debilitating and chronic migraines.
Because of continuous research by leaders in the medical field, such as the Mayo Clinic, National Institutes of Health and The National Headache Foundation, there have been many new medications developed and many new uses for existing medications, as well.
In addition, researchers have found ways to help many migraine sufferers ease the pain of migraines, often without medication. There are also other treatments such as biofeedback, which often helps migraine sufferers ease the symptoms without medication or with less medication. Research has also helped develop a number of specific medications that were created for migraines, such as Cafergot, Topomax, Imitrex, Toridol, Midrin, Maxalt, Relpax, Zomig, Frova, Acular, Axert, Anaprox, Fioricet, Orudis, Amerge, Migranol and many others. The fact that research has yielded a large amount of choices of medications, when less than 15 years ago there were only one or two medications available that were specifically for migraines. Without continuous research about migraines and what helps ease and relieve them, there could still only be a couple of medications available to migraine sufferers. Sounds a lot better than taking an aspirin and calling your doctor in the morning.
Some recent and ongoing studies have included researching and looking at synapses, neurons, the role of resting MRI’s in diagnosing chronic migraines, the effects of estrogen levels and menstruation on migraines and many other studies and forms of research.
Because there is research continuing throughout the country at major universities, medical centers and other heath care institutions, there is hope for migraine sufferers. Today, there is positive information and there are choices of treatment and medications. With continuous research there will be elimination of the causes of migraines and the end of the excessive suffering from this debilitating form of headache.
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