September 19, 2014
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Ruth's Story: Managing Migraine

Finding a migraine treatment that works

Finding a migraine treatment that works

In her fight against migraines, Ruth has had a trusty ally: her neurologist. Ruth has "all the confidence in the world" in her neurologist, who has helped her manage her migraine attacks for the past 20 years. During this time, they have seen a number of exciting developments in migraine management, and Ruth and her doctor have participated in a number of clinical studies to evaluate different treatments.

Ruth's journey towards finding an effective treatment for her headaches started when she was a teenager. At that time, she had not yet been diagnosed with migraine. She tried a number of non-specific medications for pain relief. Although these medications helped, they did not provide full relief from her headaches.

Once Ruth received her diagnosis of migraine, she began using migraine-specific medications, as recommended by her neurologist. When she first started migraine treatment about 20 years ago, there were not as many options available for treating migraine attacks as there are today. Ruth and her neurologist actually helped play a role in the development of some medications used today by participating in clinical studies to help evaluate these treatments. Ruth was glad to be a part of the studies because "even if the treatment didn't help me, it might help someone else."

After trying a variety of treatments, Ruth and her neurologist arrived at a treatment plan that works for her: one medication that Ruth takes regularly to help prevent her migraine attacks, plus another migraine-specific medication that she takes as needed when a migraine attack starts. Ruth's migraine-specific medication belongs to the family of medications known as triptans, which work by narrowing swollen blood vessels in the brain and balancing brain chemicals. Migraine-specific medications come in a variety of different forms and just like Ruth, you and your doctor can find the one that's right for your migraines.

Ruth finds that her migraine treatment makes a big difference in her life. By relieving her migraine symptoms, Ruth feels she can now work effectively and enjoy her family life. It also gives her peace of mind to know that if a migraine strikes, relief is available. She carries her migraine-relief medication with her at all times, and she no longer worries about headaches.

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