Once I gave lifestyle modifications a chance, I started to improve

Written by Community Member M Brook Louiseville Kentucky USA | Apr 22, 21 Summary Best Migraine Friend: My dad – He suffers from migraines, too. He is also a cardiologist, so he is very influential in my treatment plan. Weirdest Migraine Symptom: My hair literally hurts. Most Predictable Trigger: Dehydration and particular foods like cured meats, red wine, aged cheeses. Most Amusing Pain Distraction: My dog, Tibi How and when did you first get diagnosed with Migraine? Any specific type? I was Read more…

Medication Overuse in Headache

Medication Overuse in Headache Frequent use of painkillers or acute symptomatic medication for headaches (including paracetamol, triptans, combination products, and NSAID’s) leads to medication overuse (MO). The key factor for defining medication overuse is the number of days per month that acute medication is taken for headache. It does not appear to be relevant in this context whether a single dose or multiple doses of the acute headache medication are used on a particular day. Read more…

Can the food in your diet be a trigger for migraine

The medical evidence around diet and migraine suggests that consistency in eating patterns (small, frequent meals) is the most important factor, rather than eliminating individual foods. Even so, some people with migraine are able to find individual foods that could be triggering migraine attacks. Chocolate is consistently thought to be a trigger, but prospective studies of people who think chocolate is a trigger show that it may actually be a food craving during the premonitory phase Read more…

Cervicogenic migraine

I saw this article recently which talked about neck pain and migraine in relatively simple terms. I thought it highlighted the differences between 1) neck pain associated with migraine and 2) neck pain which precipitated by a migraine. It has a good section on treatment of cervicogenic migraine https://migraineagain.com/understanding-cervicogenic-headache/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_campaign=Weekly_Newsletter&utm_content=2020-05-24 Please contact me if you have difficulty accessing this article Dr Mary

Consultations during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The covid-19 pandemic has changed all our lives. I am still seeing patients during this time but in a different way. When a person contacts me about an appointment, I send them a questionnaire by email or post. It is quite a lengthy questionnaire. However, I find if people fill in up in advance of the consultation, I can spend the consultation on management and treatment of the headaches . I can organise a consultation Read more…

Research

I have a keen interest in research. There are new medications for migraine called CGRPs’ but to date they are nor available in Ireland except through limited access programes in hospitals