Migraine Treatment

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Acute migraine sufferers who receive inadequate treatment for their condition are more likely to become chronic migraine sufferers, according to a study. Dr. Edward Hill takes a look at the findings in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

People who dont receive adequate treatment for acute migraine headaches are more likely to develop chronic migraines.

Researchers who looked at data from more than 4,600 people with episodic migraines found that 48 percent of them received poor or very poor treatment.

These patients were more likely to progress to having chronic migraines than those who received better treatment, according to the study, which was conducted by a team of researchers from New York and North Carolina.

Within a year, about eight percent of patients who received very poor treatment progressed to chronic migraine, compared with 4.4 percent of those who received poor treatment, 2.9 percent of those who received moderate treatment and 2.5 percent of those who received the best treatment.

Migraines are debilitating headaches involving intense pulsing or throbbing pain, and often nausea, vomiting and hypersensitivity to light and sound.

Researchers observed several factors in acute migraine treatment which may likely improve outcomes, including using medications that work quickly and maintain pain-free results.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.