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Infant colic and migraine

What is infant colic? Infant colic is excessive crying in an otherwise healthy and well fed infant. It affects 5-19% of babies. Colicky crying usually peaks around 6 weeks of life and disappears by 3-4 months of age. More recent evidence shows that children with…

Benign Paroxysmal Torticollis

What is benign paroxysmal torticollis? Benign paroxysmal torticollis (BPT) begins during infancy and early childhood. Children with BPT presents with repeated attacks of head tilting (torticollis) with side switching between attacks. The attacks tend to occur with a certain predictable pattern (ex. monthly). This condition…

Abdominal Migraine

What is abdominal migraine? Abdominal migraine is a type of childhood migraine variant which usually begins in school-aged children 4-7 years of age (See this post). It is described as recurrent bouts of moderate to severe “tummy” pain. The majority of patients report a family…

Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome

What is cyclic vomiting syndrome? Cyclic vomiting syndrome is an episodic syndrome that may be associated with migraine (See this post). Patients present with stereotyped and repeated attacks of intense nausea and vomiting, which often occur with predictable and cyclical timing. Other symptoms include abdominal…

Pregnancy and Migraine

** Pregnancy is a sensitive situation in medicine. Please discuss any question with your health care provider before making health decisions.  Migraine commonly occurs during a women’s reproductive years. Treating migraine during pregnancy can be challenging as the migraine pattern may change, and most importantly…

What is menstrual migraine?

Menstrual migraines are headaches that are associated with your period (menstrual cycle). During a specific time of your period, hormone levels such as estrogen drops which can trigger migraine headaches.   What is the medical definition of menstrual migraine?  If you are experiencing more painful headaches…

Menopause and Migraine

What is menopause? This is the time in a woman’s life where her periods stop as the levels of hormones including estrogen and progesterone goes down. Menopause typically occurs between the age of 45-55. On average, the age of menopause is 51 years.  You may…

Contraception and Migraine

Women have 3 times higher risk of having migraine than men. Reasons for this include hormonal fluctuations and genetic factors.  Migraine may be a lifetime disorder especially for women and can be troublesome during their reproductive years (i.e. start of menses to menopause). During these…

Early life expressions of migraine

Which early life conditions may be related to migraine? There are a few conditions named «episodic syndromes that may be associated with migraine». These were previously called «childhood migraine equivalents» because they are associated with migraine in adulthood and share common points with migraine. In…

How to use a Migraine Diary

«Migraine is invisible on an MRI…but it is very visible on a diary» Let’s face it, monitoring migraine is important. During your migraine journey, you will try different treatments, and it will be very important to observe what is going on. Of course, if you…


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