Several medications were recently deemed the most effective for treating acute migraine, including triptans, dihydroergotamine (DHE), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), butorphanol nasal spray, and the combination medication of sumatriptan/naproxen and acetaminophen/aspirin/caffein). Several other migraine medications were considered “probably effective” or “possibly effective.” Continue Reading
Q. My father has a variety of medical conditions, including Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. He has severe headaches almost every day. His doctors continue to prescribe more and more medications, which are not working. He has had every test imaginable to rule out any serious medical issue that may be causing the headaches. He has tried acupuncture and Botox, which provide minor temporary relief.
I have read many articles on oxygen offering relief for chronic headache pain. For some reason, none of his many doctors are willing to even attempt this therapy. They just continue to prescribe more medications and, as you can imagine, he is using many medications already. Do you have any recommendations on how to convince any of his doctors to try oxygen treatments?
My father’s headaches are completely debilitating. He often can’t even hold his head up. Continue Reading
When migraineurs head to the emergency room seeking pain relief, more than 50% of the time they receive opioids, a new study has found, and headache experts are voicing concern. Continue Reading
A handheld device that delivers electrical stimulation to the vagus nerve is showing promise treating different types of migraine.
Patients who use the device, gammaCore, hold it against their necks. The mild electrical signal it produces travels through the skin to the nerve, which runs from the brain stem to the abdomen. Continue Reading
The high blood pressure medication candesartan (Atacand) appears to be as effective as the more commonly prescribed medication propranolol (Inderal) in preventing migraine attacks.
Many doctors already prescribe candesartan for migraine prevention, but researchers from St. Olav’s Hospital in Trondheim, Norway, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology recently conducted a study to provide proof that the medication works. Continue Reading