Migraine Headache

A migraine headache is very bad, throbbing pain on one or both sides of your head. Talk to your doctor about what things may bring on (trigger) your migraine headaches.


  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Lie down in a dark, quiet room when you have a migraine.

  • Keep a journal to find out if certain things bring on migraine headaches. For example, write down:

  • What you eat and drink.

  • How much sleep you get.

  • Any change to your diet or medicines.

  • Lessen how much alcohol you drink.

  • Quit smoking if you smoke.

  • Get enough sleep.

  • Lessen any stress in your life.

  • Keep lights dim if bright lights bother you or make your migraines worse.


  • Your migraine becomes really bad.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have a stiff neck.

  • You have trouble seeing.

  • Your muscles are weak, or you lose muscle control.

  • You lose your balance or have trouble walking.

  • You feel like you will pass out (faint), or you pass out.

  • You have really bad symptoms that are different than your first symptoms.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.