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Our patient Heather (not her real name) initially came in at age 24 and we chronicled her history and early treatment.1 In summary, Heather has moderate daily headache (CDH), with migraine 6 times per month. She also suffers from anxiety and depression (the mild end of the bipolar spectrum). Heather has irritable bowel syndrome (IBS; primarily diarrhea) plus neck pain.
A preventive is chosen with regard to the type of headache and presenting comorbidities—e.g., anxiety, depression, GI upset, medication sensitivities, etc.—and is individualized toward the patient’s needs. In using such medication, a realistic goal is to decrease the tension headache severity by 70%, not to completely eliminate the headaches.
Summary of cluster headache characteristics and update on abortive treatments utilizing first-line and second-line medications.
Ongoing studies implicate low vitamin D levels with many disease states, including pain and headaches.
By affecting chaotic (nonlinear) controls, new therapies may be employed that use less drug in the migraine cascade than is currently required.
Article discusses how neuromuscular dentistry looks at the system as a whole—including teeth and bones—together with a comprehensive evaluation of the musculature involved.
For many patients, refractory chronic migraines can be disabling and debilitating. Treating these patients may require a combination of therapeutic approaches.
Headaches, especially migraines, have a significant impact on the lives of young people. Article explores treatment options for adolescents with severe headaches.
With a higher than normal prevalence of moderate or severe personality disorder in patients who have migraines, recognizing the disorder allows alteration of both goals and approach.
While tension headaches are more prevalent in patients, there is often a presumptive migraine diagnosis due to the severity of pain, a migraine-centric focus, or the cross-over dental/medical nature of tension headaches themselves.
A review of long-term continuation rates of daily preventive medications for chronic daily headache (CDH).
This retrospective case series study revealed that Hackett-Hemwall dextrose prolotherapy appears to provide an effective, long-lasting treatment for recurring tension and migraine headache pain and their associated symptoms.
Study results for a group of difficult-to-treat migraineurs provide a basis for determining efficacy and guidelines for the use of long-term opioids in this population.
Stimulants may be beneficial for chronic migraine patients presenting with various comorbidities such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression and fatigue.
An outpatient clinic can provide an effective variety of IV treatments—individually or in combination— for definitive control of pain for a variety of pain disorders, including migraines and fibromyalgia.
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