Migraine headaches affect 28 million people in the United States yearly, affecting more women than men. This chronic disorder can lead to functional and economic disabilities and emotional stress. Only 39% of migraine headaches are diagnosed by a medical professional, indicating that most live undiagnosed using over the counter analgesics for some relief. The problem with that approach is that this condition is rarely managed effectively with some transforming from episodic to chronic,
Migraine headaches are distinct from other types of headaches in that they typically occur regularly, sometimes on a yearly basis, others occur monthly or several times per month. They are described as throbbing, pounding and intense pain on one side of the head that may spread to the other side. Migraines are accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting and the person may experience sensitivity to light (photophobia),
Headaches are a very common complaint that brings patients to a doctor’s office. Every patient with headaches deserves a careful evaluation to rule out serious conditions; fortunately, most are benign and not medically worrisome. However, the majority of patients that suffer from headaches remain poorly treated and suffer unnecessarily. One of the more common causes of recurrent headaches is migraine.