10 Get help for migraines A migraine can make it next to impossible to work, manage household responsibilities or do just about anything else. That’s something you may know all too well if you’ve recently started getting these severe headaches. Here’s what else you should know: Migraines are manageable, and a variety of options are available today to treat them. Get it checked out If you haven’t done so yet, your first step should be to see your provider. They can usually tell if you’re having migraines based on your symptoms. Migraines tend to involve intense bouts of throbbing pain, often on one side of the head. Migraine episodes can last for several hours or even days. During a migraine attack, many people get an upset stomach. Light, sounds and movement can make a migraine worse. Many people also experience visual disturbances, called auras, prior to getting a migraine. They might see flashing lights or heat waves. Medicines for migraines Some medicines treat migraine attacks when they occur, while others help prevent migraines in the first place. Preventive medications. You take these medicines — such as erenumab, lasmiditan, and ubrogepant — every day to help prevent a migraine. And while you may know Botox injections as a wrinkle treatment, they can be another option for preventing migraines. Medicines that stop migraine pain. They’re taken at the first sign of a migraine to keep it from getting worse. Options include triptan drugs and ergotamine. In addition to prescribing medicines, your provider may suggest lifestyle changes that may help you manage migraines, such as: ● Keeping a regular sleep schedule ● Avoiding migraine triggers — things like certain foods and drinks, stress, loud sounds, and bright lights or smells ● Keeping a journal of what you were eating and doing when you got a migraine can help you identify triggers ● Losing excess weight, if you’re overweight ● Exercising and finding other ways to manage stress Sources: American Academy of Family Physicians; National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Presbyterian’s Path for Wellness Diabetes Prevention Program It can be hard to build healthy habits. Changes like eating more healthy foods and being more active can be hard to apply to your life. But these changes can have a big impact on your health. Do you want to learn more ways to build healthy habits? Do you want to lose or manage weight and feel your best? You may be eligible for the Path for Wellness Prevention Program. The program is offered at no additional cost to eligible members with prediabetes or certain risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. It is designed to help members: ● Lose or manage weight ● Get more active ● Reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes It’s easy and fun to participate — the program is now all by phone or online. Over one year, participants learn how to change bad eating habits, deal with stress, stay motivated and more. Those who have prediabetes or certain risk factors for Type 2 diabetes may be able to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes by making healthy lifestyle changes. Sources: Paths to Health NM Find out if the Path for Wellness Diabetes Prevention Program is right for you Visit Presbyterian’s Health and Wellness webpage at www.phs.org/toolsresources/member/health-wellness-information.