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Feb19

The Management of the Chronic Migraine Headache

Categories // Stress Relief, Migraines

The Management of the Chronic Migraine Headache

 

Of the various types of headaches, chronic migraine is perhaps the most difficult to manage and treat. According to the International Headache Society, a chronic headache condition is experienced when an individual suffers headaches at least every other day, on average, for a span of 90 days. Chronic migraine is at fault when at least 60% of the headaches are migraine attacks (as opposed to tension headaches, sinus headaches, rebound headaches, etc.).

If those suffering from chronic migraine are unable to receive proper relief from headaches, disability often results. Classification of migraine by the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests how serious the disease is: WHO documentation states that migraine is as disabling as acute psychosis and generates a more extreme form of disability than does severe visual impairment.

Migraine: one of the most complex types of headaches

Chronic migraine management is challenging because its root causes are diverse, varying from individual to individual. Migraine can be triggered by factors ranging from dietary elements to photosensitivity (light exposure) to hormonal shifts (one reason the Migraine Research Foundation reports that women are three times more likely to experience migraine than men).

Headache treatment for chronic migraine – conventional approach

Chronic migraines is conventionally treated with prescription medications. Triptans are one of the drugs most commonly used to treat migraine. However, in some cases, patients report that triptans actually increase the frequency and severity of their headaches, as reported in the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail. h

Beyond other side effects, overuse is also a common problem with pain pills when they are used as a headache treatment. Amazingly, according to figures from The Migraine Trust, 3 out of every 4 people who suffer chronic migraine take medication excessively. Overuse can result in additional pain: a specific kind of disorder called the medication overuse headache (MOH), aka the rebound headache.

Headache treatment for chronic migraine – multidisciplinary approach

Over the course of the last two decades, neurologists and pain management specialists have become more aware that the long-lasting solution for chronic migraine is not a pill. Instead, relief from headaches must take a more complex approach: trigger avoidance and other behavioral modifications, nutritional adjustments, and a range of therapies. First, though, immediate pain must be addressed.

The MiRx Protocol has been adopted by hundreds of pain management practices around the country because it is based on an integrative model, blending the fast-acting relief of new medical science with Biomechanical Therapy and other complementary approaches.

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