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Chronic Migraines - Effects and Solutions

CHRONIC MIGRAINES EFFECTS & SOLUTIONS EFFECTS OF CHRONIC MIGRAINES WHO IT AFFECTS 37 MILLION Between 2 & 3 MILLION people are chronic migraineurs (9) More than 37 MILLION Americans suffer from migraines (9) 23% Up to 23% of kids more likely to suffer from migraines than men (5) AGES 11 AND UP suffer from migraines (3) WOMEN are HOW IT AFFECTS YOU 1 IN 7 MIGRAINEURS visit the ER at least once a year because of their condition (5) 3.1% 80% 50% Headaches and/or MORE THAN 80% APPROXIMATELY 50% head pain accounts for 3.1% OF ER TRIPS (1) of migraineurs also have depression (6) of all migraineurs are severely disabled or require bedrest (7) $345 Chronic migraines cost the average migraineur $345 EACH MONTH in medical care (2) HOW IT AFFECTS YOUR CAREER 73% OF MIGRAINEURS say their condition has hurt their career (8) 73% 23% OF MIGRAINEURS 23% 113 MILLION work days are lost every year to migraines (2) have lost a job due to migraines ®) HOW IT AFFECTS YOUR RELATIONSHIPS 41% 40% 41% SAY MIGRAINES have hurt their relationship 40% SAY MIGRAINES have affected their ability to maintain a relationship (8) with their children (8) 19% BELIEVE MIGRAINES 19% caused them to lose friends (8) POSSIBLE TREATMENT OPTIONS There are numerous treatment options available, ranging from non-medicinal therapies to outpatient procedures. Patients are urged to begin with a minimalistic approach and work into more complex solutions if the basic ones are ineffective. Sometimes a combination of techniques can be effective. THINGS YOU CAN TRY AT HOME WITHOUTA DOCTOR'S HELP NON-DRUG THERAPIES Dark room, hot/cold therapy, diet changes, massage, acupuncture, applying pressure, reflexology, identifying and avoiding triggers, biofeedback, supplements (vitamin B2 and magnesium), cardio, relaxation, yoga OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS Naproxen (Aleve), acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin), combination formulas with caffeine (Excedrin Migraine) If none of these work, then try THINGS YOUR DOCTOR OR NEUROLOGIST MAY RECOMMEND PREVENTATIVE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS Beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, anticonvulsants, botulinum toxin (Botox) PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS "Triptans" sumatriptan (Imitrex), zolmitriptan (Zomig), rizatriptan (Maxalt), combination formulas with NSAIDS (Treximet) As a final option, you may also try OUTPATIENT TREATMENT REED PROCEDURE The Reed Procedure peripheral nerve stimulation migraine treatment was developed by Kenneth Reed, M.D. specifically for the treatment of chronic, severe headaches. His technique, involving both occipital and supraorbital nerve stimulation, is documented successful in more than 80 percent of patients suffering from severe migraine headaches. If you would like to see if you are the right candidate for this procedure, visit to learn more. (10) REFERENCES 1) 2) 3) 4) 10_252.pd 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10)

Chronic Migraines - Effects and Solutions

shared by ReedMigraine on Sep 02
Suffering from migraines can have many negative effects on your daily life. From family to work life, you can be forced to give up a lot from something completely out of your control. Learn how migrai...


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