Standards of Care for Headache Diagnosis and Treatment

According to the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention (AMPP) Study1, more than 29 million Americans experience migraines, yet only about 48 percent who have the symptoms of migraine actually receive proper diagnosis. Migraine is a chronic neurologic disorder characterized by recurring attacks of head pain and associated symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting or extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Below is an overview of the National Headache Foundation’s (NHF) Standards of Care for Headache Diagnosis and Treatment which include the U.S. Headache Consortium’s recommendations for the proper diagnosis of and treatment options for migraine. Continue Reading


Opioid (narcotic) analgesics are pain relievers which are chemically related to morphine and used fora variety of conditions and circumstances, including the treatment of migraine when other medications fail or are ineffective. Opioids work by blocking pain messages sent to the brain, thereby altering the brain’s perception of pain. As a powerful and highly effective pain reliever, opioids continue to be commonly prescribed for a number of pain states. Continue Reading