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Migraine: Diagnosis and Treatment

In this video, Dr. Bill McCarberg and his panel discuss migraine headaches; the indicators for the history, physical examination of the patient, and some treatment options.

Discussion highlights include:

  • 96% of chronic sinus headaches are actually migraine
  • Common migraine triggers include stress, weather, and hormones.
  • Cervicogenic headaches with neck pain that radiates and myofascial trigger points may mimic migraine.
  • The comorbidities of the patient are essential to consider before prescribing an abortive, prophylactic, analgesic, or other medication to relieve migraine symptoms. Comorbidities often include fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, and/or irritable bowel syndrome.

Lawrence Robbins, MD, one of the nation’s top headache medication management experts discusses important aspects about many drugs and how they are used.

  • 60% to 70% of patients will respond well to tryptamine-based drugs.
  • Beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, anti-depressants, and anti-convulsants are among the choices for migraine prevention.
  • The patient’s caffeine consumption, nicotine use, and napping influence sleep quality, and are important considerations in total migraine management.
  • Dr. Robbins discusses migraine symptoms and their impact on the medication management of the individual patient.
Last updated on: November 7, 2013
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