Identifying and treating Chronic Migraine
Is it possible to have a migraine more than 50% of the time? Unfortunately, it is. And it’s called «chronic migraine». An even MORE unfortunately, many doctors do not know how to diagnose chronic migraine. See what an expert, Dr Gordon Robinson, has to say…
I heard that migraine disappears after menopause….is it true?
Author: Dr Vanessa Doyle and Dr Suzanne Christie Menopause marks the time when your periods actually stop and on average occurs between age 50-52 years, but may occur between age 40-60. During the peri-menopausal years leading up to menopause, when a woman’s periods are often…
Which medication can I take during pregnancy?
Dr Vanessa Doyle and Dr Suzanne Christie Many different medications are used to treat migraines, both acute and preventive, and thus it is important to talk to your doctor about which medications are safe to take during pregnancy, especially since many migraine medications are considered…
What will happen to my migraines during pregnancy?
Author: Dr Vanessa Doyle and Dr Suzanne Christie Hormonal changes during pregnancy can have an impact on your migraines with fluctuations in the levels of hormones, causing your migraines to improve, worsen or even stabilize. The levels of estrogen and progesterone, the two main types…
I have migraine with aura. Can I use an intra-uterine device?
Dr Vanessa Doyle and Dr Suzanne Christie Some studies show that low-dose estrogen may be prescribed in women who have simple visual aura. Many other studies recommend using progestin-only pills, an intrauterine device (IUD) or barrier contraception, like condoms. This remains a controversial topic…
Can I use an oral contraceptive? Will it make migraine worse?
Author: Dr Vanessa Doyle and Dr Suzanne Christie Headache is a common side effect of oral contraceptive pills, which can be affected by the dose and the type of hormone(s) in the pill. It is important to understand there are 2 main types of oral…
How will a migraine diary help?
Author: Dr Vanessa Doyle and Dr Suzanne Christie It is important to keep a detailed headache diary each day that the headaches occur. It is not easy to recall what happened 3 to 4 months ago and diaries make it easier for your doctor to…
Why are my migraines worse during my period?
Migraines that are associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle but also occur at other times of the month are called menstrually related migraines. This occurs in 60% of women. Studies show that migraine is most common during the 2 days before the start of your…
What is pacing for migraines?
Pacing is an effective strategy that allows people with migraine the ability to maintain functional independence without causing an increase in headache intensity. Many people with migraines report that stress and overexertion can be consistent triggers. With pacing, people can keep reasonable schedules and workloads…
What is biofeedback and should I try it?
Biofeedback is an accepted technique for headache control. Studies have demonstrated that biofeedback can help to reduce headache frequency and severity. It is a learned method of relaxation, that uses an instrument to monitor bodily responses. There are a variety of methods that may be…
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