I've tried migraine treatment, but I'm still struggling

If you're struggling with Chronic Migraine, you may have more treatment options than you think.

While there is no cure for Chronic Migraine, there are different approaches to managing headaches, including preventative and acute treatments.
Can acute treatment cause headaches?
  • Preventative therapy
    can help reduce the frequency, severity, and duration of headaches.
  • Acute therapy
    can help relieve your symptoms after a migraine or headache starts.
  • Behaviour therapy
    may also help reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks, or help sufferers cope with migraines.

Learn more about migraine treatment

If you're taking migraine medication but you're still struggling, it may be time to talk to your doctor about trying a different treatment approach. Check out tools that can help you get the conversation started with your doctor.

Treatment Discussion Guide

The Treatment Discussion Guide can help you share your treatment experience with your doctor.

Your doctor can help you find a treatment that's right for you, but first he or she needs to better understand your experience with your current and past treatments, including over-the-counter and prescription medications, as well as natural health products.

Complete the Treatment Discussion Guide

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If you've tried migraine medication but are still struggling, it's important that your doctor knows about your symptoms and the type and amount of medication you're taking. Find out more about tracking your headaches and medication use with the Headache Diary.

Migraine Tracker Apps and Headache Diary

Monitoring your headaches and treatment can help you and your doctor better understand your headache patterns.

Here are two different applications and a downloadable headache diary developed specifically for migraine sufferers:

The Canadian Migraine Tracker

This application will help you keep a simple and focused migraine diary directly from your smartphone or tablet so that you can monitor what is important to you. This includes migraine attacks, symptoms you may feel and your results from treatments. This way, communicating with your healthcare provider can be easier and more effective.

To begin tracking your migraines, simply select the store you would like to access below to download the app. This application - The Canadian Migraine tracker-was developed by the Canadian Headache Society and is now available in English and French in both the Apple and Play Store.

How do I get started?
Canadian Migraine Tracker

The Migraine Buddy is the #1 migraine app in the world with over 2.2 million community members. Designed with neurologists and data scientists to help you improve your migraine condition. Track your migraine, understand your triggers, and share your migraine history with your doctor to get the best possible treatment.

Learn more at www.migrainebuddy.com.

Canadian Migraine Tracker

The Headache Diary

A headache diary provides your doctor with important information about your condition, including the number and severity of your headaches, your migraine triggers, and the type and amount of over-the-counter or prescription medications you're taking.

To begin tracking your headaches, download the diary and complete it every day, as accurately as possible. Be sure to note every headache, no matter how mild, and share the details with your doctor.

Download the Headache Diary

Talking to your doctor

Talking to your doctor is an important step toward finding a treatment that's right for you.

Your doctor with experience in treating headache disorders can help you find ways to manage your headaches and migraine.

Get the conversation started

If you have tried migraine treatment but are still struggling, talk to your doctor about your symptoms and getting a treatment that's right for you. If you're currently not seeing a headache doctor and you think you could benefit from one, find a headache doctor and ask your family doctor for a referral.

To learn more about Chronic Migraine, explore Frequently Asked Questions.