During a recent episode of the Migraine Again Podcast, hosted by Paula K. Dumas, listener James asks, “what else can I do to treat my migraine?”

I’ve been battling migraine for over a decade now and I’ve tried almost everything. I feel like I’m out of options. I just can’t take the pain one more day. Please help.what else can i do to treat migraine?

Paula K. Dumas: I will try, James. This is perhaps the most common frustration that we get and the most heartbreaking for me because I think that there are just millions of people who are in the same situation. After 5 to 10 years of making the rounds and talking to not just one doctor but two or three or four, and you feel like you’re doing everything that they’re telling you to do and you’re not getting better so you’re finding yourself asking “What else can I do to treat my migraine?”

There are a couple of things that they don’t tell you. Sometimes they don’t tell you that there is no cure. There are just these treatments that I can give you. Oftentimes, they don’t tell you that there are many more therapies other than the ones that they’re sharing with you.

What Else Can I do Treat My Migraine? 5 Valuable Options

1 – Check out the database of Migraine treatment options. For the 2018 Migraine World Summit, we actually prepared a list of over 200 different treatments that are available to people with migraine. Some of them are medical and some of them are non-medical. But there are many, many more than you might hear about from your local doctor. If you really want to take matters into your own hands, that’s a great tool to use.

2 – Tune into new treatments and research. The incredible thing that should give all of us hope is that every year, new ways to treat migraine and new research comes out. Every single year. That gives me hope, because if you’re not getting those answers from your local doctor, then you can either do one of two things.

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3 – Fire your doctor and find a new one. You can keep shopping and try and find another doctor that knows more about it or you can do your own research and find out what else there is to help you treat your case. I’m not a doctor, so I can’t tell you what’s appropriate for your particular case. But what I can do is include links to some of the tools and resources that will help you to find them on your own.

4 – Keep advocating for yourself. We’ve had people who kind of in their frustrations say, “Well sure, you have access to all these doctors. I don’t.” That’s part of the point of the Migraine World Summit is to open up these great lines of communication between the professionals and anyone.

You can check it out at any point and time, 24/7, 365 at Migraineworldsummit.com. During one week in April, we make these 36 world leading experts available for free to watch online. So, you don’t have to get out of your chair or go anywhere. You get to watch them all for free, and these are the leading experts from Mayo Clinic and UCLA and Harvard and King’s College of London. They’re the gurus of the space, who are doing the most research. You can learn so much from them, just from watching those talks.

5 – Don’t give up. The most important thing to remember is that you have to be humble and curious and tenacious because we think we’ve tried everything. We think we know everything there is to be tried — but what we really only know is (mostly) what we’ve heard from our local doctor and our close friends and family members.

There’s much, much more to learn about this mysterious beast called migraine. You can learn it too. With these resources, hopefully, you’ll no longer feel the need to ask “What else can I do to treat my migraine?”

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