What is Migraine?

What is Migraine?

Migraine is the most common neurological disorder on the planet, affecting more than 37 million people in the US alone.

Migraine is called a primary headache disorder because it is not secondary to another cause, such as trauma (head injury), obstructive lesions (brain tumors), vascular disorders (stroke, aneurysms) or infections (meningitis, sinusitis). And it is a primary headache condition, meaning the problem is a biological disorder in your brain. Scientists across the globe refer to it as a genetically linked neurovascular disorder.

Is there a cure?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for migraine at this time. However, there are many approved drugs and devices aimed at preventing migraine attacks before they occur (daily preventive or prophylactic medication) and stopping them if they do occur (taken at the onset of an attack, called abortive or acute attack medication).

Are all Migraines the same?

There are a variety of different types of migraines, and distinguishing between them is important in order to optimize treatment plans and, thus, to improve the quality of life of the individual and their families.  Migraines may be episodic or chronic, and can present with or without aura.

How is Migraine treated?

Effective treatment and prevention of migraine often requires a holistic approach, involving not only pharmaceutical medication but also dietary adjustments, lifestyle changes, awareness and elimination of environmental triggers, and more. A Headache Specialist has a thorough background in headache-specific medicine, including cutting-edge technological and scientific advancements, to provide a comprehensive treatment plan customized for you.

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