Learn­ing More About Migraine Dis­or­ders

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Fi­nally, the third com­po­nent is treat­ment fo­cused on al­le­vi­at­ing pain once a migraine has started.

Is there a trend in any of these con­di­tions? If so, why?

There i s a push i n t he headache medicine com­mu­nity to treat pa­tients with migraine more ag­gres­sively. For ex­am­ple, if over- the­counter med­i­ca­tions are not com­pletely re­liev­ing pain, then pre­scrip­tion med­i­cat i ons t ar­geted t o r elieve migraine should be con­sid­ered. If headaches are oc­cur­ring more than a few days a month, a preven­tive reg­i­men is rec­om­mended. This is driven by re­search show­ing that pa­tients who start off with in­ter­mit­tent headaches that are poorly con­trolled are at the high­est risk of their headaches wors­en­ing over t i me i nto chronic daily headaches. This is im­por­tant be­cause once some­one has a chronic daily headache, it’s harder to break their headache cy­cle and get them back to be­ing pain free. Is there any­thing you would like read­ers to know

Migraine dis­or­ders are un­der­diag­nosed and un­der­treated. Many migraine suf­fer­ers haven’t even dis­cussed their headaches with t heir pri mary c a r e physi­cian. Many peo­ple who s uff e r wit h s e ver e headaches con­tinue to re­ceive care on an episodic ba­sis in emer­gency de­part­ments or ur­gent care cen­ters. Or, they may suf­fer in pain at home, miss­ing out on fam­ily events, school or work. There are now many ef­fec­tive treat­ment op­tions avail­able that can pre­vent migraine and r educe migraine-re­lated dis­abil­ity.

Where can we di­rect read­ers for more i nfor­ma­tion?

The Amer­i­can Headache and Migraine As­so­ci­a­tion (ahma.mem­berclicks.net/) and the Amer­i­can Migraine Foun­da­tion ( amer­i­can­mi­graine­foun­da­tion.org/) are both great re­sources for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion.

Dr. Laura Miller dis­cusses re­sults with a pa­tient.

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