January 18th, 2011 - Posted by Teri Robert
Where Migraines are concerned, my personal goal is to control them rather than them controlling me. What I’ve learned along the way is that I must pay attention to Migraine management to accomplish that goal.
We now know that Migraine is a genetic neurological disease. Nobody wants to have a disease. However, once we acknowledge that Migraine is a disease and that we have this disease, it’s easier to address overall disease management.
In addressing Migraine disease management, I have found seven essential elements for effective Migraine management:
1 Getting a diagnosis – not only for having Migraine, but also which type or types of Migraine – and finding the right doctor to work with.
2 Educating ourselves about Migraine disease.
3 Trigger identification and management.
4 Preventive treatment for those of us with three or more Migraines a month or if Migraines are less frequent but particularly severe or debilitating.
5 Abortive treatment.
6 Rescue treatment to be used when abortive treatment fails.
7 A solid support system.
By addressing these seven essentials, I’ve been able to reduce my Migraines from five or six a week to only 11 Migraines in 2010. There’s no cure for Migraine disease yet, but to me, this is the next best thing. I have my life back and am able to be productive.
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