Author: Migraine Canada

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…

The traffic light system

A simple way to think about your headaches, using the Canadian Headache Society Guidelines, which stratifies medication choices based on headache severity.   The traffic light system is based on the associated disability of the migraine attack: Green: “I can still go” headache Yellow: “I have…

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, UK,…

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