Learning More About Migraine Disorders
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.