NEW RESEARCH: Forget the ketogenic diet… use ketone supplements instead!
(This article is not focusing on ketogenic diet but on research on ketone supplements) The interest for diets to treat migraine is a constant. Low histamine, rich in magnesium, gluten and lactose free…of course the variability of migraine forbids any «one size fits all» approach,…
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…
Cannabinoid Chemistry Update
Author: Alexander Melinyshin, MD, FRCPC On October 17, 2018, recreational marijuana was legalised Canada-wide, however modern medical use of marijuana and its derivatives has been ongoing since 1999. With more and more Canadians wanting to try it for an ever-expanding array of applications, cannabis has…
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…
New evidence presented in favour of Vitamin D for migraine prevention
Author: Claire Sandoe, MD, FRCPC, Headache Fellow Many patients share a desire for non-medication strategies to help improve their migraines. A recently published study suggests that Vitamin D may be added to the list of potentially beneficial supplements. Past research about the role…
CGRP antibodies for migraine
CGRP antibodies are coming to Canada and are stirring a lot of interest from the medical community. Patients also have many questions about these new treatments. Migraine Canada has created a handout to provide basic information. Have a look, and if you are a health care…
What is a prophylactic treatment?
Prophylactic or preventive medications are not the same as acute migraine medications. The acute medications are used to treat individual migraine attacks, and are only taken when the migraine attacks occur. Preventive medications are taken every day to prevent some of the migraine attacks from…
How can I determine if I need a prophylactic treatment?
Preventive medication is not necessary for every migraine sufferer. There are certain situations where your doctor would consider recommending a preventive medication, such situations are: You are having headaches that have a significant impact on your life at home or at work despite appropriate use…
How long should I take this medication….all my life?
Headache preventative therapy should be considered if headaches are > 1 attack per week, if headaches are severe or disabling that results in absence of work, school and social activities or if one is unable to take acute medications to treat their headache. Although migraine…
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