When migraine turns chronic

So when does episodic migraine transform into chronic migraine? Well, it’s a matter of frequency. The International Headache Society defines chronic migraine as more than 15 headache days per month over a three month period of which more than eight are migrainous, in the absence of medication over use (2-3+ times per week). Often your … Continue reading When migraine turns chronic

Migraine medications to the rescue…..adjunct and combination therapies

There are 3 groups of medications that are used to treat a migraine attack: migraine abortives, analgesia, and adjuncts.  We have covered the migraine abortives (those medications specifically designed to stop the migraine attack) and analgesia (used to reduce pain) in the past 2 posts.   There are several medications that are used either in combination … Continue reading Migraine medications to the rescue…..adjunct and combination therapies

Migraine analgesic medications to the rescue……

There are 3 groups of medications that are used to treat a migraine attack: migraine abortives, analgesia, and adjuncts. . We covered the migraine abortives (those medications specifically designed to stop the migraine attack) in the last post. So let’s talk about analgesia now.  Analgesics are medications that are used to reduce the pain. Again, … Continue reading Migraine analgesic medications to the rescue……

Stress and migraines

In the past several posts, I talked about the important lifestyle factors and strategies of hydration, diet, sleep and exercise. In this post I will discuss the effects of stress.  Again these are basic lifestyle strategies that are appropriate for all headaches, but can be particularly important to migraineurs. In fact, stress is at the … Continue reading Stress and migraines

All about the Migraine….part 2

So you have identified one of your patients as having migraine. Now decisions have to be made about management. Important points to consider are: frequency of migraine, intensity of pain and/or associated symptoms, triggers, and lifestyle factors.  Unless the patient is presenting with frequent or intractable migraine several times/week, the first things to review with … Continue reading All about the Migraine….part 2

All about the Migraine…. part 1

The 3 most common subtypes of primary headaches commonly seen in pediatric patients are: migraine, tension-type, and new daily persistent headache. Children often have a combination of types, such as chronic mixed type headache, which generally combine migraine and tension-type headache. All primary headaches present differently and are often treated differently.  Migraine is a well-known … Continue reading All about the Migraine…. part 1