SOURCE: Dundurn Press

Dundurn Press

March 24, 2016 10:00 ET

Managing Migraines: How to Track, Treat, and Take Action Against the Ailment

New Book Offers a Complete Guide on How to Treat and Prevent Migraines

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - March 24, 2016) - Migraines affect nearly 15 percent of the world's population. In her book, Migraines: More than a Headache, clinical neurologist Dr. Elizabeth Leroux explains what can predispose a person to experiencing migraines, what can trigger them, their phases, and the three recommended lines of treatment: lifestyle changes, crisis management, and preventative therapy.

Here are ten tips for managing your migraine:

1. Be proactive -- learn about migraines. You are the main manager of your own brain!

2. Observe like a scientist would. Keep a migraine diary to track triggers, attack frequency, and patterns.

3. Be aware that you may have attacks of different severities. Learn how to recognize them, especially how they start.

4. Do not catastrophize. Take action to find things you can do to live better. Learn relaxation techniques if anxiety is a problem.

5. Do not feel guilty. A migraine attack can be disabling and lead to missed days at work or cancelled personal activities. Break the stigma of migraines.

6. Avoid the attack-catching up-exhaustion-attack roller coaster. Learn to manage your energy. Ask for help, delegate, learn to say no, choose your battles, protect your sleep.

7. Seek medical advice to find acute treatment that reliably controls the attacks. There are many options and combinations. Avoid narcotics (morphine, codeine). 

8. Use your acute treatment as soon as the attack begins, unless you have more than 10 days of attacks per month. Delaying treatment lessons your chances of breaking the attack.

9. If you realize that you need to treat an attack more than 10 days per month, or if your migraine has an impact on your everyday life, you may need a preventative treatment. 

10. If you do use acute treatments on more than 10-15 days per month, you may also suffer from medication overuse headache. A withdrawal should be considered and discussed with your doctor. 

Dr. Elizabeth Leroux is a neurologist specializing in headache medicine. She directs the Headache and Migraine Clinic at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Montreal, where she works in the management and research of headache symptoms. Convinced that migraine treatment can be improved, she is an active member of the Canadian Headache Society and the founder of Migraine Quebec, a web resource for migraine sufferers. She lives in Montreal. 

For more information, or to arrange an interview with the author, contact Jaclyn Hodsdon, Publicist at jhodsdon@dundurn.com or 416-214-5544 x234.

With more than 2,500 books in print and 1,800 ebooks available, Dundurn continues to release more than one hundred books per year. Its publishing program includes award-winning adult and YA fiction, mysteries, biographies, as well as business, history, and current affairs titles.

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