Migraine headaches can be painful, debilitating events that disrupt every aspect of life. But they can be managed.
It’s important, though, to understand there is no one-size-fits-all treatment, says Nelli Boykoff, M.D., a neurologist at Sutter Pacific Medical Center neurologist with advanced training in headache medicine. “The ideal migraine treatment is the one that balances pain relief, medication side effects and life demands,” she says. “For example, a college student may prefer to give up a little pain relief to avoid medication side effects that reduce concentration.
With that in mind, the step-by-step approach outlined here can help you understand your options and what to discuss with your doctor.