CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. Nearly 40 million Americans suffer from migraines and headache disorders, which are the most common neurological disorders. 

For years, treatments have been limited for treating migraines, but in recent years, treatments based on inhibition of a neurochemical called CGRP have been developed, including monthly injections, infusions, and pills. These treatments can prevent migraines and reduce the number of days with a migraine per month, as well as relieve symptoms.

"It's all about improving the quality of life for patients with migraines and allowing them to be more functional and not have to be retreating to the bed with the lights off in a quiet room when they have a migraine, being able to take a medication and go on and function that day, it's very advantageous," said Dr. Kenneth Leone, a clinical associate professor and head of the Division of General Neurology at the University of Virginia Health System. 

He says there are also lifestyle approaches to help with migraines, which include improving sleep, reducing stress, eating healthy foods, staying hydrated, avoiding excessive caffeine, not smoking, not drinking alcohol, and exercising regularly. 

Leone says anyone who suffers from migraines should get in contact with their primary care physician, who will help recommend whether or not medications can help with the condition or recommend a neurologist for further treatment.