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 Understand and Prevent Migrain


People who suffer from intermittent attacks of migraine know the symptoms all too well, the inconvenience of unexpected attacks, the frustration of “cures” that have not worked, and the expense of lost work and healthcare.

Understanding migraine – the different types, the symptoms, and the possible causes -gives you the knowledge to deal more effectively with your condition.

Migraine is a condition that can affect anyone at any time. Some people are more likely to experience migraine attacks than others but, if the right mix of conditions come together, almost anyone can experience a migraine. It is a condition that affects not just you and your quality of life but your family and friends and colleagues as well. How often have you had to miss a family party, not been able to make an important meeting, had to go to bed early or lost the first three days of your holiday just because of your migraine? By its very nature, migraine is unpredictable. We all like to feel in control of our lives but migraine can strike at any time and often at the most inopportune time. The more you, as an individual, understand about your migraine and how it affects you, the greater chance you have of being able to control your migraine. Or at least feel in control of it some of the time if not all of the time.


10. Understanding your food – Glycaemic index and what it means

I have been reading in newspapers and magazines about low GI and high GI foods. Can you explain what it means?


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11. Understanding risk factors

 What does my doctor  mean when she says I need to minimise my risk factors?

The sorts of things your doctor is concerned about are:


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12. Over-the-counter options for treatment

I have started to get some headaches, and wondered if there is anything that I can buy that might help?

Most people with headache and migraine use over-the-counter (OTC – without a prescription) medication very effectively. We all have headaches from time to time, and using medication every now and again is not a problem. Different drugs work differently: depending on the headache you have, most simple painkillers work well, especially if taken early enough.


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13. Complementary therapies

‘Complementary therapy’ suggests an approach that is used as well as or to support more traditional medical treatment. ‘Alternative therapy’ suggests an approach that is used instead of rather than in support of more traditional types of care.


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14. Acupuncture and Acupressure

My neighbor has suggested that I try acupuncture. What actually is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a Chinese traditional therapy where very fine needles are inserted at specific points around the body.


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