Prevent Transformed Chronic Migraine with Depression Treatment

October 11, 2012

The connection between depression and migraines is irrefutable.  If you are afflicted with chronic migraines it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that you may also have depression.  After all, spending at least 15 days each month struggling to carry on with your normal life while battling the pain, nausea and other debilitating symptoms of migraines is certainly sufficient reason to develop depression.  A recent story in Clinical Psychiatry News reports that a research study, presented at the European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress, found that depression is actually a risk factor in transforming episodic migraines into chronic migraine.  Treatment for depression, evidently, would be a very important step in developing a comprehensive migraine treatment.

The National Headache Foundation defines Transformed Headaches as chronic migraines that originated as episodic headaches and then over a period of time, ranging from a month to several years, became more frequent.  This variant of migraine tends to afflict women, more so than men, who began having migraines relatively early in life.  The nature of these migraines is sometimes a combination of tension headache as well as migraine,  and medication overuse among this population may actually worsen the headaches.  It would seem that these migraineurs would definitely benefit from a migraine treatment or procedure that offers long-term relief without the reliance on drugs.

This American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention study results, published on the government’s National Institutes of HealthClinicalTrials.gov website, suggests that treating the underlying depression is key in preventing this transforming phenomenon.  If you experience episodic headaches or migraines, and suspect that you may also be dealing with some depression, don’t hesitate to bring this to your physician’s attention.  By seeking depression treatment, migraines that occur infrequently may never develop into chronic migraines.  Fortunately many lifestyle medications for both conditions are similar:

  • Get plenty of exercise
  • Eat a nutritious well-balanced diet
  • Get quality and adequate sleep
  • Practice relaxation techniques like meditation

As always, a healthy mind and body work best together!

 

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