My Trips to the Hospital

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My Trips to the Hospital

Hi, I'm Cari. When I was a teenager, my best friend Claire's mom got cancer. I started offering to take Deb (the mom) to the hospital for her treatments to help give the family a break. They had all been in and out of the hospital so much, and since I'm basically family to them, it was nice to support Deb and Claire. Not to mention, I was able to learn a lot about different medical topics just be listening and watching while waiting in the hospital. It was fascinating. To everyone's joy, after a long and hard two years, Deb finally beat cancer! I decided to start this blog as a memorial to all those who have struggled with health problems and as a resource to for anyone who needs to know more about hospitals and treatments.



Migraine Treatment

Anyone who has migraines knows how intense they can be. Understanding the life cycle of migraines to identify one is coming and knowing the brain condition treatment options can keep you living your life like normal. 

Four Phases of a Migraine

There are four phases of a migraine:

  • Prodrome

This phase before the headache comes with cravings, gastrointestinal problems, exhaustion, mood disorders, and increased urination frequency. 30 - 40% of people with migraines recognize the symptoms and use this phase to plan for the upcoming headache. 

  • Aura

The aura is the beginning of the headache. It lasts less than an hour and comes with a large range of symptoms including visual, auditory, and olfactory hallucinations, vertigo, tingling, numbness, confusion, and loss of vocal functions. 

  • Headache

The headache is the most debilitating and painful part of the migraine. Most headaches last from one hour to 72 hours. When the migraine lasts longer than 72 hours, it's important to seek medical attention. 

  • Postdrome

The postdrome is a phase after the actual headache when the patient recuperates. There are symptoms of exhaustion and decreased cognitive speed. This phase can last for up to 24 hours after the headache. 

Migraine Treatments

Migraine treatments include:

1. Avoid Triggers

Certain triggers can cause and increase migraines. Find your triggers by keeping a diary of what you do and eat every day you get a migraine. Certain common triggers to look out for include:

  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • change
  • cheese
  • exercise
  • hormonal changes
  • injury
  • medication
  • perfume
  • stress

2. Botox

Botox as a treatment for migraines has been increasing in popularity over the years because of its repeated effectiveness. In fact, Botox has been shown to reduce migraines by 50%. The FDA-approved treatment involves 31 shots every 3 months, and it's particularly useful with chronic migraines (15 or more migraines per month). 

3. Medication

When trigger prevention doesn't work, you might want to try medication. Generally speaking, the doctor will prescribe analgesics & NSAIDs, Ergotamine, or Triptans for symptom relief and beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, or antidepressants to prevent future migraines. If you can't get to the doctor, you can take OTC pain killers to relieve the pain. 

4. Natural Remedies

Natural remedies allow people to treat their migraines without ingesting medication or Botox. People have had success with meditation and yoga, chiropractic, herbal treatments, vitamins, massage therapy, and exercise. This can be used in conjunction with more traditional methods to get the best results.