Chances are you or somebody you know has suffered from a migraine headache before. An estimated 37 million people in the United States – roughly the entire population of California – experience migraines regularly. They usually begin as a dull ache that quickly spirals into an intense, pulsating pain. Migraines can last anywhere between a few hours and a few days and are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, dizziness and extreme sensitivity to light and sounds.
A life with migraines can be a struggle. But we have some good news for migraine sufferers.
Dr. Gwyneth McCawley, neurologist with Mercy Clinic Neurology and Headache Center in St. Louis, has five straightforward steps that can help you avoid migraines and get back to living your life to the fullest.
If you’re experiencing regular migraines, Dr. McCawley recommends talking to your doctor who will want to understand the history of your headaches. It can be helpful if you keep a diary of headache times, triggers, medications used and how well they worked.
While there is no cure for migraines, your doctor can help develop a strategy for prevention and treatment so that migraines don’t get the best of your summer.
Dr. Gwyneth McCawley is a fellowship-trained neurologist practicing at Mercy Clinic Neurology and Headache Center in St. Louis. Call 314-227-2020 to schedule an appointment.