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Injection therapy and migraines – Part 2

Questions from the clinic: ‘I’ve heard about injections for chronic migraine, and I’d like to ask you some questions about it’ Please note as per TGA guidelines we are not permitted to mention the name of the product discussed in this blog entry Part 2 Q How soon might I see a benefit? A Patients […]

Injection therapy and migraines

Questions from the clinic: ‘I’ve heard about injection therapy for migraines, and I’d like to ask you some questions about it’  Please note as per TGA guidelines we are not permitted to mention the name of the product discussed in this blog entry Part 1 Q  Should I consider injection therapy for my frequent migraines? […]

Chronic Migraine – what you can do to prevent its development

As with a variety of health issues, chronic migraine is best treated by preventing its occurrence in the first place. Once chronic migraine has developed, its successful treatment, with remission back to the episodic form, will require the expertise of a migraine specialist to achieve. What are the risk factors for chronic migraine development? Increase […]

When should I take my acute migraine medication?

Questions from the clinic: When should I take my acute migraine medication? Answer: As early as possible! At our migraine clinic we have noticed a common issue amongst our patients- they don’t treat their migraines early! Instead they delay treating a headache because they ‘wait to see if it’s going to be a migraine’ At […]

Migraine and Dizziness/Vertigo

Around 30-50% of migraine patients will sometimes experience dizziness, a sense of spinning, or feeling off balance with their headaches. Migraine specialists now call this vestibular migraine. A frequent additional symptom is head motion intolerance, ie imbalance, and a sense of motion, often with nausea, aggravated or triggered by head movements. Vertigo provoked by moving […]

Does drinking coffee cause or cure my headache?

In the Migraine Specialist clinic we are often asked the following question: Does drinking coffee cause or cure my headaches? The answer is not completely straightforward and there are a couple of things you need to know about the relationship between coffee and headaches because caffeine is a two-edged sword when it comes to headaches. It […]

Migraines and Your Weight

“Does being overweight have anything to do with my chronic headaches?” Normal weight people with migraine have around a 3% chance of developing chronic headaches in a year. If they are overweight, they have 3 times that chance. With obesity, the chance of chronic migraine increases 5 times. Obesity has not been found to cause […]

Are menopause and migraines connected?

One question we are regularly asked at Migraine Specialist is whether perimenopause or menopause are connected and if menopause has an impact on the frequency and severity of headaches and migraines. We know that women are more likely to suffer from migraines and we know a lot of women in this demographic visit us at […]

Sleep and the link to Migraines

‘Does my poor sleep have anything to do with my headaches and migraines?’  Insomnia, ie difficulty with falling asleep, or staying asleep as long as desired, is the most common sleep complaint among patients with chronic migraines. Clues to a sleep disorder include: snoring gasping during the night falling asleep during the day not feeling […]

Questions from the Clinic

During our migraine clinics we get asked many questions by patients, who are seeking an improved understanding of their chronic migraine condition. We believe that better education of patients leads to improved outcomes. We have therefore decided to publish, in a series, our responses to their most frequent queries. ‘What do you think of Physical […]

Migraines and ‘Stress’

Common triggers associated with an increased chance of experiencing a migraine attack include stressful events, hormonal changes, weather changes and certain foods. In around 80% of patients, stress is reported to be associated with a migraine event, making it the most common trigger reported by migraine patients. But what type of stress is a migraine […]

What You Need To Know About Menstrual Migraines

Menstrual migraines are common. In fact, 2 out of 3 premenopausal female migraine sufferers report that migraine attacks consistently occur during peri-menstrual time periods. Attacks of menstrual migraine have been found to be more severe, disabling and less responsive to acute medications than those that are non menstrually related. What causes Menstrual Migraines? The most […]