Mi­graine Clin­i­cal Re­search Gives Par­tic­i­pants Early Ac­cess to Po­ten­tial New Treat­ments

Clin­i­cal Tri­als Group, Col­lab­o­ra­tive Neu­ro­Science Net­work is En­rolling Par­tic­i­pants now for Clin­i­cal Tri­als

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Se­vere headaches and mi­graines can be so de­bil­i­tat­ing it can cause blind­ness, in­duce vom­it­ing, and cause other se­vere side-ef­fects. Sci­en­tists and doc­tors have been work­ing for years to find a cure, a treat­ment to stop mi­graines, or even pre­vent them from hap­pen­ing in the first place, and they are do­ing this re­search right here in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Mi­graines are of­ten un­der-di­ag­nosed be­cause peo­ple some­times con­fuse the symp­toms for a se­vere headache, or know that they have mi­graines but don’t know that there are in­ves­ti­ga­tional treat­ments avail­able that could help. The symp­toms of mi­graines may vary be­tween in­di­vid­u­als, but they of­ten in­clude: - Se­vere headaches/pain - Mood changes - Neck Stiff­ness - Food Crav­ings - Tem­po­rary blind­ness or vi­sion phe­nom­ena (see­ing shapes, flashes, ob­jects)

- Dif­fi­culty speak­ing - Weak­ness

A sin­gle mi­graine can be very painful and de­bil­i­tat­ing, but there are also peo­ple who suf­fer from chronic mi­graines. To be di­ag­nosed with chronic mi­graines, you must have eight or more mi­graines per month, with each headache last­ing four hours or more. There are an es­ti­mated 3.2 mil­lion peo­ple with chronic mi­graines in Amer­ica, but only 36% of peo­ple with chronic mi­graines are prop­erly di­ag­nosed.

Chronic mi­graines can in­vade ev­ery part of your life, whether it forces you to miss im­por­tant meet­ings, tests at school, or other im­por­tant events. Chronic mi­graines don’t only af­fect you, they also ef­fect the peo­ple around you, too.

If you suf­fer from chronic mi­graines, know that you may have op­tions avail­able that may be able to help. A clin­i­cal study is now en­rolling that aims to learn more about chronic mi­graines and po­ten­tially find a treat­ment.

Mi­graines can be trig­gered by a va­ri­ety of in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal forces such as; stress, changes in sleep, food, or even the weather. In some cases this means you can de­velop strate­gies to re­duce the risk of mi­graines or gain some con­trol over when they hap­pen. For ex­am­ple, by keep­ing to a con­sis­tent night­time sched­ule you can make sure you get enough sleep. By liv­ing in Cal­i­for­nia suf­fer­ers can mostly avoid the weather from caus­ing a mi­graine at­tack. Ex­cept for this year which has seen sig­nif­i­cantly more rain­fall and storms than most pre­vi­ous years com­bined.

The big­gest chal­lenge for clin­i­cal re­search is re­cruit­ment. New treat­ments can­not be ap­proved with­out clin­i­cal tri­als, and clin­i­cal tri­als can­not be com­pleted with­out par­tic­i­pants.

If you knew that your par­tic­i­pa­tion in a clin­i­cal trial could pos­si­bly help you and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions avoid your strug­gle, would you par­tic­i­pate? If you said yes, you are in the ma­jor­ity. Yet, de­spite the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans be­ing will­ing to par­tic­i­pate, only a frac­tion of them ac­tu­ally join. The big­gest rea­sons why more peo­ple don’t par­tic­i­pate is be­cause they don’t know about clin­i­cal tri­als, or they don’t un­der­stand clin­i­cal re­search.

Clin­i­cal re­search stud­ies is the process sci­en­tists and doc­tors go through to test and mea­sure the safety and ef­fi­cacy of new in­ves­tiga­tive treat­ments be­fore they can be re­leased to mar­ket. Ev­ery cur­rent drug and treat­ment has to go through this process by law. Clin­i­cal tri­als are reg­u­lated by the FDA and In­de­pen­dent Re­view Boards which en­sure they fol­low safety and ethics guide­lines. The clin­i­cal re­search process can be bro­ken down into four phases. The process starts with phase 1 Safety, which is then fol­lowed by 2 phases of mea­sur­ing ef­fec­tive­ness. Dur­ing th­ese phases doc­tors search to find out if the new in­ves­tiga­tive treat­ments are ef­fec­tive, and/or more ef­fec­tive than ex­ist­ing treat­ments.

In­for­ma­tion about clin­i­cal tri­als is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble on­line. Find­ing lo­cal tri­als and sign­ing up is easy. There are sev­eral re­sources avail­able in­clud­ing www.cn­s­trial.com/ mi­graines or by phone at (844)424-9494. If you are ready to par­tic­i­pate in a mi­graine clin­i­cal trial and suf­fer from eight or more mi­graines per month, con­tact CNS to­day!

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