Officially, you are considered a chronic migraineur if you experience the symptoms of migraine attacks 15 days or more a month and therefore a candidate for the various preventive migraine options that exist.
Of course this is somewhat of an arbitrary definition and who is to say that if you experience 12 days a month of debilitating pain and live on pain medications, that you also wouldn’t benefit from preventive therapies. Just to be sure, by preventive therapies I mean prescription medications or certain supplements that are taken on a daily basis to decrease the number of migraines you actually get, as well as the intensity and duration of the ones you do get.
If it has become obvious to you that taking pain relievers to treat the pain of your migraines, has become an all too frequent part of your month, then preventive options can sometimes, really improve the quality of your life.
The issue is that many migraineurs who have tried prescription preventive migraine drugs have experienced a range of side-effects, some of which are annoying enough to cause them to stop using these medications.
A list of just some of the side-effects associated with these various types of medications are *
Loss of sex drive
Unwanted weight gain or loss
Tightness in the chest
*Not every preventive medication has all of these side-effects.
Neurology studies and surveys such as the one published in the journal “Headache” and carried out by the Michigan Head Pain Neurological Institute have shown that patients want and need their physicians to explain the side-effects they may be exposed to when they need to make a choice as to what preventive options they are going to try.
The survey found that chronic migraineurs are even willing to take more than one preventive medicine if additional relief is noticed. Two of the biggest side-effect concerns amongst women migraineurs were weight gain and sleepiness.
After reading this information, if you feel that you are a candidate for preventive options, please go to www.migrelief.com and learn about a safe , affordable and low or no side-effect natural option that has helped tens of thousands of chronic migraine sufferers for over 15 years.
Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.