Canadian Migraine Tracker – Questions and Answers
Hello to all the Migraine Canada followers! Recently, the Canadian Headache Society launched an App for migraine monitoring: the Canadian Migraine Tracker. Using a headache diary is a good way to keep track of the situation and observe the results of treatments. Many options are…
Vitamins and supplements: can we trust that the content is what is advertised?
Complementary and integrative medicine for migraine prevention is an important area of interest for migraine doctors and migraine sufferers alike. There is evidence (Grade B, C) that certain minerals and supplements such as Magnesium, Riboflavin, and Coenzyme Q10 may be helpful in the prevention of…
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…
What causes migraine? Scientific answers.
People with migraine often wonder what’s the cause of their disabling symptoms. The science of migraine has been progressing, thanks to the hard work of researchers all around the world. Dr Elizabeth Leroux recently gave a talk in Calgary about the last discoveries on migraine….
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…
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…
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