The Migraine Painful Truth: What are we going to do about it in Canada?
The Migraine Painful Truth: What are we going to do about it in Canada? On World Brain Day, the Migraine Canada team reflects on what should be done. If you live and Canada and you suffer from migraine, you are probably aware that access to…
Hormones and migraine: a trigger and a treatment?
Author: Alexander Melinyshin, MD, FRCPC, Headache Fellow Why do women suffer from migraine more often than men? According to a study published in The Lancet, approximately one billion people on the planet have Migraine (2012; 380, 2163 – 2196). Migraine affects women more than men at…
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…
Global Patient Advocacy Committee
GPAC = Global Patient Advocacy Committee People working together to improve migraine care and understanding. GPAC is a group of physicians, patient advocates and representants from institutions, associations and industries related to the migraine field. Countries represented included Brazil, Japan, Spain, Italy, France, US,…
Headache in the UK : are things better than in Canada?
A recent survey done in British Headache Clinics reveals interesting facts. Only 1/3 of patients had received a clear diagnosis from their primary care doctor. Up to 2/3 of patients wanted a brain scan to find the cause of their headaches. Less than 15% were…
My migraines make me miss work. What should I tell my employer?
Telling your employer about your medical history is a very personal decision. However, if your work performance is suffering and your absenteeism is now becoming an issue, it may be time to let your employer know why this is happening. It is unfortunate that there…
Is there a social burden associated with migraine?
Migraine does not cause paralysis or similar types of disability, but it can still cause a lot of problems for people. Although some people with migraine have only an occasional attack, many others have frequent attacks which can stop them from doing things that they…
I would like to avoid medications. What can I do to improve my lifestyle?
Although medication may be needed to alleviate severe pain in migraine, addressing lifestyle issues may prove beneficial to the migraineur in overall headache management and prevention. The ‘migraine brain’ does not do well with change. A well balanced lifestyle includes a routine of exercise, a…
Why is headache so hard to understand, and ultimately treat?
The list of Headache, is arguably one of the longest in medicine. Currently there are over 200 classified types for physicians to choose from – with roughly 18-19 falling into subcategories like ‘common types, migraine categories, rare headache types and uncommon types. Each Headache Type…
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