Behavioral Therapy for Migraines
Author: Claire Sandoe, MD, FRCPC, Headache Fellow If you have previously seen a headache specialist, you may have been instructed to try relaxation techniques — but why? Some patients think that this means their doctor is blaming their headaches on stress. Ongoing research indicates that…
The traffic light system
A simple way to think about your headaches, using the Canadian Headache Society Guidelines, which stratifies medication choices based on headache severity. The traffic light system is based on the associated disability of the migraine attack: Green: “I can still go” headache Yellow: “I have…
Barriers to Behavioral treatment
Relaxation, mindfulness, biofeedback for migraine…. it’s all great but why is it so difficult to stick to it? More skills, less pills. For many people with migraine, avoiding medications is a priority.And good news, many options are available to control migraines without medications. Diets seem…
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 have severe attacks, and sometimes throw up my medication…what can I do?
Most migraine patients will have nausea with at least some of their attacks, and some will vomit. Vomiting, especially if it occurs early in the migraine attack, can be a problem because if the patient throws up their medication before it is absorbed into the…
My Treatment for migraine works, but the pain comes back in a few hours. What should I do?
Many patients with migraine find that the medication they take for their migraine attack will relieve the pain completely or at least take it down to a mild level within 2 hours. It this is not happening with your acute migraine medication, you need to…
I take medications quite often to treat my headaches. Is this a problem?
Overusing headache medication is a frequent issue and can become a problem in many patients. It may overtime make headaches worse and the medication which you are taking may be less effective in controlling your pain. The term for this condition is called ‘medication overuse…
Acute Migraine Treatment Guidelines
The Canadian Headache Society has produced this PDF document outlining fundamental knowledge we believe will be beneficial to Migraineurs who need to understand what is happening to them and how to approach acute Migraine Attacks. This guide is intended to help you choose the best…
What is THE best medicine against migraine?
No treatment is universally 100% effective for everyone (we would know it!). But for sure there is one that will suit you. Everyone is different, notably when it comes to… Sensitivity to side effects: a medicine can be poorly tolerated whereas another one will be…
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