While there is no cure for chronic migraine, there are several treatment options for chronic migraine management:

This is not an exhaustive list. Please consult your doctor if any of these products are right for you. Talk to your family doctor or a specialist who has expertise in treating and diagnosing headaches to find out how preventative, acute, and non-medicinal treatments may benefit you.

Non-medicinal treatment options can include making lifestyle changes as well as recognising and then avoiding your triggers. Changes to lifestyle can include;

  • Having regular sleep habits
  • Eating a healthy, well balanced meals with protein, fruit, vegetables and carbohydrates
  • Eating regularly throughout the day and not skipping meals
  • Exercising regularly (aim for 3 times a week)
  • Trying relaxation techniques – Biofeedback and other forms of relaxation training teach you ways to deal with stressful situations, which might help reduce the number of migraines you have.

Avoiding common triggers such as;

  • Weather (e.g., temperature change, high humidity)
  • Diet (e.g., chocolate, aged cheese, caffeine, alcohol)
  • Surroundings (e.g., bright lights, strong odours, loud sounds)
  • Hormones (e.g., menstruation, birth control pills)
  • Physical factors (e.g., strenuous exercise like aerobics, poor quality of sleep)
  • Stress (e.g., anxiety, worry)

Medicinal (acute or preventative therapies):

  • Analgesics which are used for pain relief
  • Triptans which are used as abortive treatments for migraine
  • Preventative medications
  • Injectable treatments which are used to temporarily block the release of chemicals in the brain associated with the cause of chronic migraine

 

If you’re living with chronic migraine and you would like to know more about the condition and treatment options, talk to your doctor about finding the treatment that’s right for you.

For tips and tools designed to help you start the conversation with your doctor, visit the

Talking to Your Doctor section.

If you’re living with chronic migraine and think you could be doing better, talk to your doctor about finding the treatment that’s right for you.

For tips and tools designed to help you start the conversation with your doctor, visit the

Talking to Your Doctor section.