Chronic migraines can be very hard to deal with, and be a very disabling condition. It’s knowing if you have chronic migraines or not is key.
You can have a low frequency episodic migraine (10 headache days per month) or a high frequency migraine 10-14 headache days per month) determining what you have is key.
Keeping a headache/migraine diary is very important to keep track of how many migraines you are getting so you can determine if you are having chronic migraines and what kind of frequency they are at. This is something that your doctor will ask you to do as well.
If you have more than 15 headache days a month over the course of a 3 month period of which 8 are migraines without medication overuse then you probably are suffering from chronic migraines. If this is happening you definitely need to see a neurologist or a doctor to get checked out.
It’s very important if your having headache or migraine attack’s frequently to see a neurologist. It’s very important to be assessed by a doctor to make sure you don’t have any serious illnesses or underlying condition or disease.
There are many risk factors for chronic migraines here is a list of some :
- Pain disorders
There are probably many more these are just some of what I have.
Treatment for chronic migraines consists of a variety of things and it’s a personal preference on what route you want to go. Preventative medications and medications that you take when you get the migraine which they call acute medications are very important to treating your migraines.
You and your doctor can make what choice is right for you. Avoiding medication overuse is very important because you can get rebound migraines which is very painful.
Non-medication preventative treatments that you can try are behavioral therapy, ice packs, avoiding your triggers such as caffeine, cheese, alcohol, chocolate etc., and addressing your risk factors.
Avoiding your triggers is very important, caffeine, alcohol and light sensitivity are my major triggers so that was the first thing I had to change.
Everybody has different triggers because everybody is different you just have to figure out what your triggers and risk factors are.
Dealing with chronic migraines can be very hard, but it’s finding the right doctor and the right medications and the right treatment.
If you are dealing with chronic migraines talk to your doctor you don’t have to live in pain, there is treatment options.
Any questions please let me know 😁
*Disclaimer* I am not a medical professional, my advice is based off of personal experience.