Corporate Medical Plaza, Building 1 Second Floor - Suite #200 10701 Nall Avenue Overland Park, Kansas 66211

Tired of your migraine controlling you? Get back in the driver's seat

Tired of your migraine controlling you? Get back in the driver's seat


image8

Migraines: What Works?

The greatest tool for fighting your migraine is YOU!

Just a Headache?

"Is it a migraine or just a headache?" 37 million people in the U.S. reportedly suffer from migraines, but that number may be low. There are some simple questions you can ask yourself to help identify the difference between "just headaches" and chronic migraines. 

What Causes Migraines?

Migraines are as unique as the individuals who suffer from them. The triggers, frequency, severity, side effects and remedies are different for each patient. That's why tracking your migraines in a migraine journal is so important. 

Medication Timing

Medication can be a major tool in your migraine toolkit but with all things migraine, it's complicated. Timing, dosage and rebound headaches are some of the things you'll have to worry about. Keeping your migraine journal up to date can be the key to navigating treatments. 

Knowing where you are in the migraine phase allows you to use rescue medication more effectively. Try to medicate in the Prodrome or Aura phase of your migraine.

Migraine Journal: What to Track

4 lifestyle factors can make a huge impact

image10

Based on research, there are 4 lifestyle factors that can greatly influence your migraine:

  1. Sleep Hygiene
  2. Diet
  3. Stress Levels
  4. Hydration

Life is busy and complicated, and it's hard to know how these 4 major factors could be affecting your migraines without tracking. By taking a few notes down on these 4 factors each day, you can start to see how they are affecting the severity and frequency of your migraines.

Track your migraine

image11

When tracking the 4 major lifestyle factors, it's equally important to track your migraine attacks. Information is power; the more you can track the better. Some things to track are:

  1. Daily Routine (Schedule, events, etc.)
  2. Symptoms & Frequency
  3. Severity
  4. Medication
  5. Environment (weather, mood, stress)

By comparing the 4 major lifestyle factors with your migraine attacks, you and your specialist can create a personalized approach to manage your migraine. 

Write in Your Journal Today

image12

The best thing you can do for yourself is to STICK WITH IT! The more you record in your journal, the more information you and your specialist will have to manage your migraine. You've got this. 

Tools for Sleep Hygiene

image13

Sleeping tips

Read these sleeping tips from the American Sleep Association.

Sleeping Tips

Insomnia toolkit

Learn more about insomnia and try Autogenic files for relaxing and getting a good night's rest from Turning Point KC.

Insomnia information

Tools for Hydration

Hydration blog

image14

13 Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated

Signs of dehydraion

image15

Here are 10 signs of dehydration you should know.

Headaches and Dehydration

image16

Find out more about how dehydration can lead to headaches.

Fancy Fluids

image17

Find fun drink recipes that will leave you feeling better instead of worse. Stay hydrated and healthy.

Dehydration as a Trigger

image18

Read more on migrainedisease.com about the relationship between dehydration and migraine.

Relaxation Information; Unwind, Focus and Listen to Your Body

Try a Relaxation App

image19

Guided meditation and relaxation apps could be a good way to unwind and focus and listen to your body. Try Head Space or other apps. 

Yoga with Adriene on YouTube

image20

Yoga is a great way to both relax and exercise. 

Calming techniques

image21

Learn self-calming techniques from Turning Point KC.

mindfulness for MIgraine

image22

Stress reduction and processing techniques to manage migraine.

Migraine Biofeedback

image23

Relaxation and Biofeedback tips for headaches. 

Guided Relaxation

image24

Dawn C. Buse, PhD has free guided relaxation audio files that can help destress and calm your mind and body.

More on Rescue Medication Timing

image25

American Migraine Foundation

An article on the importance of treating migraines early.

Read Article

MigraineDisease.com

Article on treating during the prodrome phase. 

Read Article

medication overuse headache

Sometimes medications can be the problem. Read more at MigraineDisease.com.

Read Article

Podcasts

Shades of Migraine

image26

Migraine Again

image27

Pain Reframed

image28

Additional Resources

image29

Migraine Disease Website

American Migraine Foundation

Turning Point

About Us

image30

Laurel Short, MSN, FNP-C

I am a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Nurse Practitioner with Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic in Overland Park, Kansas. I earned my undergraduate degree in Nursing from Luther College and a master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Kansas. I am currently pursuing my Doctor of Nursing degree with an emphasis on self-management for chronic migraine. Working with patients who have the condition of migraine is extremely rewarding. Nothing beats seeing a patient transform from being overwhelmed by migraine days to feeling empowered and in control. I often say that a major treatment goal is to "put you back in the driver's seat of your life." Self-management for chronic conditions has been a focus for me throughout my nursing career, and I have a personal interest in this condition due to my father and brother experiencing migraine disease. 


I am a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals. My clinical practice includes comprehensive musculoskeletal and neurologic rehabilitation medicine.


I am passionate about working with rehabilitation patients to maximize their function and wellness. I enjoy presenting at medical conferences and community events about migraine and rehabilitation topics. Outside of the office, you'll find me running, cooking and spending time with my family.

image31

Atul Patel, MD, MHSA

I earned my undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Houston and my medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. I also have a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Medicine (University of Washington) and another Master’s degree in Health Services Administration (University of Kansas). I completed my internship and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington.


My clinical areas of interest include musculoskeletal medicine, neuropathic pain, spasticity, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and dystonias, stroke rehabilitation, multiple sclerosis, nerve and muscle diseases, geriatrics, electro-diagnostic medicine and general rehabilitation medicine. It’s extremely gratifying to take care of people and improve their function.


When I am not in clinic, I enjoy tennis, traveling and spending time with my family.


Every day there are new developments, new technology and new medications. I am passionate about learning, research and presenting to facilitate learning for others. I conduct clinical trials to help with new treatment and learn of new ways to stay current with the various area of medicine. The focus of my practice is to optimize the function of my patients.