Health Matters

Dealing with Migraines

Guest: Dr. Frene’ LaCour-Chestnut


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Migraines can be crippling. Dr. Frene' LaCour-Chestnut, faculty in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Tillman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine has some advice on how to deal with them.

“Migraine headaches typically start off mild and increase in intensity over time. They often involve other symptoms such as nausea, light or sound sensitivity, and may have an aura which is a feeling or symptom just before the migraine.”

“Migraines can be triggered by hormonal changes, stress, changes in sleeping patterns or skipping meals. Keeping a headache diary may help you identify and avoid triggers. Treating a mild migraine at the start with over the counter prescriptions may keep it from worsening.”

“Severe or frequent migraines may require prescription medications. It's important to discuss with your doctor how to best deal with your migraines.”

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