Migraine Diagnosis And Treatment UK
Prescription only Mirgraine Relief is available at Click2Pharmacy. A migraine is a neurological condition that causes many complex symptoms. Most people think of it as a type of severe headache. During a migraine you may feel a moderate or severe throbbing pain on one side of the head. This pain can be debilitating and you may need to sit or lie still for several hours. Other symptoms you may suffer alongside the pain are nausea, vomiting, dizziness and sensitivity to light and sound.
Here at Click2Pharmacy, we have various products that can successfully can provide you migraine relief and treat headaches
Some people who have migraines experience an aura, which is a warning sign that a migraine is about to start. These can include seeing flashing lights or shapes, and feeling a tingling sensation in your limbs. However, most people do not have these auras.
Migraines are more common in women than men, with around 20% of women who suffer from them. In most people they can start anywhere from the age of 10 to 40 years. They can happen up to several times in a week, but in some people they may only occur occasionally. The pain can last anywhere between several hours to several days. Migraines are different to normal headaches as the pain is more intense, and generally is felt only on one side of the head. This pain alongside the accompanying symptoms can significantly impact the quality of life.
Causes of Migraines
Doctors do not fully understand what are the migraine causes. It is thought that a change in the brain chemical serotonin may cause an attack, and a reduction in blood flow to the brain can contribute to the pain. So understanding the process of migraine diagnosis is an important part. Some things may trigger migraines such as:
- Emotional triggers- feeling shocked, stressed, and depressed
- Hormonal changes- many women experience migraines around the time of their period
- Dietary triggers- feeling dehydrated or consuming to much caffeine
- Medication- the combined pill and hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
- Physical triggers- such as extreme tiredness or strenuous exercise
- A change in the environment around you
What is the process of migraine diagnosis?
Migraines are normally diagnosed based on a history of your symptoms. For migraine diagnosis your medical history is also important. If you are unsure you are having migraines, it is best to see your GP. There are no specific tests to migraine diagnosis, however you may require a referral if treatment does not work or you suffer attacks more than 15 days in a month.
Migraine Prescription Treatments
Unfortunately, there is no cure for migraines. Most people learn to manage the symptoms through both medication and lifestyle management. If you are aware of things that trigger your migraines, then it is best to avoid them. Keeping a diary of your migraine attacks can help pinpoint these triggers. When you feel an attack coming on, it best to lie in a quiet, darkened room. For some people, eating a small amount of food can help with nausea.
If your GP has diagnosed your symptoms as migraines, then you can treat them with various types of medicines.
At Click2Pharmacy we offer various migraine treatments that can be delivered straight to your door
Over the counter (OTC) painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin can help reduce the pain and symptoms. These should be taken as soon as you feel the migraine is about to start, as it takes some time for them to work. There are also soluble tablets available which are absorbed faster into the bloodstream.
Codeine is a type of stronger pain killer that can be used when paracetamol and ibuprofen are not effective enough at relieving the pain. It can be available as a combination pill with paracetamol, called co-codamol. The lowest strength can be purchased without a prescription.
You must be careful not to overuse painkillers, as they can cause further problems. You can always ask your GP or speak to one of our pharmacists if you feel like regular painkillers are not working for you.
These are a specific type of painkiller used for treating migraines. They can be used when normal painkillers on their own have not worked. During a migraine it is thought that the blood vessels in the brain become narrow. Triptans work by allowing these blood vessels to contract and increase blood flow. You can take them alongside regular painkillers and anti-sickness medication.
Triptans are available as tablets (sumatriptan), nasal sprays (Imigran), and wafer melts (Maxalt Melt).
You can buy sumatriptan without a prescription, but for most other triptans you will need a prescription. Triptans are not suitable for some people, such as those with cardiovascular conditions and pregnant or breastfeeding women.
These medicines are prescription only, and can help relieve nausea and vomiting. You need to take them as soon as your symptoms start for them to be effective. Anti-sickness medicines are normally available as tablets, and can be taken alongside other pain relief medication. At Click2Pharmacy we offer Buccastem which is a dissolvable tablet that you put between your lip and gum.
There are also tablets that contain a combination of painkillers and anti-emetic drugs, such as Migraleve, Paramax and Migramax. These are available without a prescription, and can be convenient as you take just one tablet instead of several different ones. However, the dosing may not be high enough to offer effective relief.
If you are unsure about which treatment is right for you, or you would like further information and advice please contact us at Click2Pharmacy and we can arrange for you to speak to one of our pharmacists.
Our team of pharmacists are fully trained to assess your symptoms, and offer the best possible course of action. They are also able to prescribe medication should you require it. For more information, please contact a member of our team.
Further information can be found on the NHS website
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