What is the cause of migraine auras?
Aura symptoms clearly originate from the brain itself. Based on several lines of evidence, it is widely accepted that the aura symptoms occur because of a phenomenon called spreading depression. This consists of a slow moving wave of nerve cell activation which spreads across the…
My child has a headache, who should I consult with?
Read this page to know when to consult with a doctor for your child’s headache. You absolutely need to see a doctor if your child: Has a new headache that worries you; Is under 4 years old and shows signs of headaches; His/her pain is…
Are girls and boys equally affected by migraine?
No, it depends on the child’s age. Before age 7: boys are more affected. Between age 7 and 11: boys and girls are equally affected. After age 11: girls are more affected than boys. Adults: There are 3 women for every 1 man that are…
Can children be affected by migraine?
Yes! Many people think children and teenagers do not get migraines. However… 2% of children under 6 years old have migraines (approximately 1 child out of 40). 4 to 11% of children from 6 to 11 years old have migraines (approximately 1 child out of…
My migraines are hard to control. Should I change my birth control pill?
Most of the time, it is preferable to stop taking birth control pills altogether than to change it (even if there are all sorts of stories about this or that pill). Many young women will get their first migraines after they start taking combined hormonal…
I heard migraines go away during pregnancy. Is it true?
They usually do. During pregnancy, estrogen levels in the blood rise steadily and become very high. Fortunately, they do not have the fluctuations with sudden drops in blood levels that are seen during the normal menstrual cycle. As a result, migraine tends to improve in…
I often get more severe migraines during my period. Am I the only one?
“My migraines are way worse during my period… I can’t take it anymore!” 63% of women suffering from migraine have attacks during the ovulation and menstruation periods. Some women have attacks only during their period. Estrogen levels in the blood decrease before menstruation, which triggers…
Is migraine’s presentation the same in children and adults?
No, there are a few differences. In children: Pain is most often located in the forehead or on both sides of the head. In adults, pain is usually located in only one side of the head. The duration of the attack is shorter. The attacks…
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…
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…
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