Is acupuncture useful for migraine prevention?
Acupuncture involves fine needles piercing the skin to alleviate pain. The theory is believed to be based on the needle promoting the pain killing chemicals, endorphins to be released and thereby assisting in pain control. There are multiple studies on the use of acupuncture for…
How can I decide whether my preventative treatment is effective?
You have been taking a preventative treatment for 4 months and your follow-up appointment is coming up. How can you tell if you should continue it or not? The following situations are often brought up during the follow-up appointment: The treatment was not well tolerated….
My preventative treatment is not effective. Why?
Such a disappointment… I thought my condition would improve, but I have as many (if not more) migraines as I used to. What is the problem? You didn’t take it long enough. For best results, you have to try the preventative treatment for at least…
Am I going to get addicted to my preventative treatment?
My preventative treatment is really helpful, but I am scared to take it for an extended period of time, because I think it may be bad for me… Many patients are worried about becoming addicted to their preventative treatment, especially when it comes to antidepressants….
Will I have to take a preventative treatment forever?
Most patients are worried about taking treatments for an extended period of time. “Is this treatment toxic for my body? Does it create addiction? Will its effect fade away? What if I get better?” Most of the time, when you take a preventative treatment, it…
Is Botox useful against migraines?
Health Canada approved the use of Botox to treat chronic migraine in the fall of 2011. Their approval was based on 2 scientific studies (called PREEMPT) showing significant benefits from Botox compared to a placebo. Botox (purified botulinum toxin) has been used for a long…
How to avoid medication overuse?
Medication overuse is more likely to happen if you use triptans or narcotics more than 10 days per month, OR if you use analgesics or anti-inflammatories more than 15 days per month. If you use multiple medication, you should aim for 10 days per month…
What do I do if I already have medication overuse and very frequent headaches?
The key is to stop the medication overuse. This is not always easy, as the headaches often become temporarily worse when the overused medication is stopped. There are five important components which are necessary for most people with migraine and medication overuse headache if they…
When should you use a preventative treatment?
A preventative treatment is indicated if the frequency of your migraines has an impact on your personal and/or professional life, despite having a healthy lifestyle. SITUATION A: I have 3 attacks a month or less If you have few attacks per month or year, without…
What preventative treatments are available?
The following table presents various preventative treatments which have been scientifically proven to be effective against migraine. Please note that medicines have two names, the pharmacological and the commercial names of the substance. The names of generic drugs often start with apo-. If you want…
- Board of Directors
- Course and Workshop
- Migraine and Science
- Migraine and Society
- Migraine or Headache?
- Other headaches
- Preventing attacks
- Stop the attack
- Top Ten Topics of the EHMTIC congress in Glasgow
- What about Lifestyle?
- Women and Children