Nipping Chronic Migraines in the Bud!

August 13, 2013

While East and West Coasters are accustomed to tackling each day with a fast pace and a degree of impatience, Southerners are known for exhibiting grace and patience under pressure. 

Well, patience may be a virtue but not so when it comes to chronic migraines!  For those of you suffering with migraines in Nashville, Atlanta and Tulsa, you might want to learn a thing or two about tackling those headaches from your neighbors in L.A., New York and Miami without further delay! 

According to medical researchers in New York from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center and researchers from Vedanta Research of Chapel Hill, receiving optimal treatment is key to preventing chronic migraines.  They reviewed data on individuals with episodic migraines from a huge headache study; the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention Study (AMPP). 

Episodic migraines occur on less than 15 days of the month, compared with a chronic condition that is defined by experiencing the headaches on at least 15 days of each month.  The scientists found that 48 percent of these migraineurs received inadequate treatment and of this group approximately 8 percent would go on to develop a chronic migraine condition.  Only 2.5 percent of those who received very good migraine care went on to develop the chronic condition.

The findings, which were presented at the annual International Headache Congress and reported in HealthDay News, suggest it is certainly worth the effort to seek prompt attention for your episodic migraine headaches and not suffer alone in silence. 

The authors of the study indicated that seeking acute treatment, such as pain medication,  at the onset of a headache could prevent debilitating symptoms from taking hold.  This in turn can help individuals maintain their daily activities and sense of empowerment.  For migraineurs in Franklin, TN, Atlanta, GA and other southern cities, know that it is perfectly appropriate to emulate your less patient and fast-paced East and West Coast friends when it comes to insisting on optimal migraine treatment. 


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