Category: Questions-Answers

Can travelling to a higher altitude trigger migraine attacks?

For some people with migraine, the answer seems to be yes.   In people who climbed a mountain in Colorado (4,300 metres high), people with a history of migraine were 2.5 times more likely to develop a headache than those who did not have migraine.  They were…

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…

CoQ10 and L-carnitine for migraine: a new study suggests a benefit

In a new study realized by researchers in Iran, a combination of coenzyme Q10 and L-carnitine was found to be effective for episodic migraine prevention, with 10% of constipation and stomach ache side effects. Let’s look at some details! What are the natural supplements recommended…

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…

Benefits of Medical Hypnosis for Migraine Therapy

Dr Séverine Debiais, Hospital Practitioner. Neurology, CHRU de Tours (Graduation essay on medical hypnosis, Paris VI-2017-2018 : « Hypnose et Neurologie : état des lieux en 2018, ou Petit manuel de survie à l’usage des neurologues souhaitant pratiquer l’hypnose ») What is Medical Hypnosis? Medical hypnosis strives, in…

Identifying and treating Chronic Migraine

Is it possible to have a migraine more than 50% of the time? Unfortunately, it is. And it’s called «chronic migraine». An even MORE unfortunately, many doctors do not know how to diagnose chronic migraine. See what an expert, Dr Gordon Robinson, has to say…

How can I determine if I need a prophylactic treatment?

Preventive medication is not necessary for every migraine sufferer. There are certain situations where your doctor would consider recommending a preventive medication, such situations are: You are having headaches that have a significant impact on your life at home or at work despite appropriate use…

How can I choose a good prophylactic for my situation?

Deciding on what type of preventive medication to start depends on many factors. The choice of preventive medication needs to be tailored to meet each person’s individual needs. Before deciding on a preventive medication, it is important to discuss your other medical problems with your…

What are the triggers of migraine?

Being able to identify your triggers can help you avoid migraines. How can you identify them? Keeping a migraine diary is very helpful. Read on to know more about triggers. Some important points about triggers: They are not the same for every migraineur They accumulate,…

Migraine & Relationships

Coping with migraine is rarely a solitary undertaking. Support from family and friends is often key to managing and coping with migraines. Sometimes, in the health care field, the focus is on the migraine patient, and the needs of family and friends are forgotten or…

When should you consider going on a prophylactic medication?

Preventive medication is not necessary for every migraine sufferer. Usually preventive medications are not considered unless a person is having at least 3 migraine attacks a month.   There are however special circumstances where they may be considered even if migraine attacks are not that…

Nutrition

Nutrition is one aspect of lifestyle that deserves some attention in one’s quest to manage a migraine disorder. Migraine is a complex neurobiochemical process – meaning it affects the nervous and biochemical systems of the body. Food is the fuel that makes our engines run….