Migraine

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Migraine

A migraine is a severe headache that can cause intense throbbing or a pulsing sensation in your head. Environmental and genetic factors may play a role in causing migraines. Migraine headaches often begin in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood and may consist of four stages, prodrome, aura, headache, and postdrome.

Prodrome may occur one or two days before a migraine and are subtle changes in food craving, activity, irritability, neck stiffness, depression, constipation, and uncontrollable yawning. Aura may occur before or during migraine headaches. Symptoms of aura may include vision loss, bright spots, and speech problems (apshasia). During the migraine attack symptoms may include throbbing pain in sides of your head, sensitivity to light, sound, and sometimes smells, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, and lightheadedness. Postdrome is the last phase that occurs after a migraine attack where you may feel drained and washed out.

Migraine headache triggers may include, food, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, stress, sensory stimuli, changes in wake-sleep pattern, physical factors, changes in the environment, hormonal changes in women, and medications. Risk factors may include family history, age, sex, and hormonal changes. Your doctor may diagnose your condition based on your medical history, symptoms and a physical and neurological examination. To rule out other possible causes for your pain your doctor may perform blood tests, computerized tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and or a spinal tap (lumbar puncture). If you or someone you know suffers from migraines talk to your doctor to learn how to manage your condition.

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Condition Specific Organizations

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National Headache Foundation

The National Headache Foundation exists to enhance the healthcare of individuals with headache. It is a source of help to their families, physicians and allied healthcare professionals who treat them, and to the public. The NHF accomplishes its mission by providing educational and informational resources, supporting headache research, and advocating for the understanding of headache as a legitimate neurobiological disease.

Last Updated: 16 Mar 2015

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APS Foundation of America, Inc.

The APS Foundation of America, Inc. is dedicated to fostering and facilitating joint efforts in the areas of education, public awareness, research and patient services in an effective and ethical manner.

Last Updated: 12 Aug 2013

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Migraine" for support, advocacy or research.

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National Headache Foundation

The National Headache Foundation exists to enhance the healthcare of individuals with headache. It is a source of help to their families, physicians and allied healthcare professionals who treat them, and to the public. The NHF accomplishes its mission by providing educational and informational resources, supporting headache research, and advocating for the understanding of headache as a legitimate neurobiological disease.

http://www.headaches.org

Last Updated: 16 Mar 2015

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APS Foundation of America, Inc.

The APS Foundation of America, Inc. is dedicated to fostering and facilitating joint efforts in the areas of education, public awareness, research and patient services in an effective and ethical manner.

http://www.apsfa.org

Last Updated: 12 Aug 2013

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

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Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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Migraine Signs and Symptoms

A migraine is a throbbing or pulsating headache that is often one sided (unilateral) and associated with nausea; vomiting; sensitivity to light, sound, and smells; sleep disruption; and depression. Attacks are often recurrent and tend to become less

Updated 13 Nov 2012

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APS Foundation of America, Inc Fan Page

The APS Foundation of America, Inc. is the leading United States nonprofit health agency dedicated to bringing national awareness to Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS).

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Migraine" returned 1891 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Migraine and risk of narcolepsy in children: A nationwide longitudinal study.
 

Author(s): Chun-Pai Yang, Meng-Lun Hsieh, Jen-Huai Chiang, Hsing-Yi Chang, Vivian Chia-Rong Hsieh

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The association between migraine and narcolepsy remains controversial. We aim to investigate whether migraine is associated with an increased risk of developing narcolepsy in children.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The treatment of migraine patients within chiropractic: analysis of a nationally representative survey of 1869 chiropractors.
 

Author(s): Craig Moore, Jon Adams, Andrew Leaver, Romy Lauche, David Sibbritt

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While the clinical role of manual therapies in migraine management is unclear, the use of chiropractors for this condition is considerable. The aim of this study is to evaluate the prevalence and characteristics of chiropractors who frequently manage patients with migraine.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Foveal and Peripapillary Vascular Decrement in Migraine With Aura Demonstrated by Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography.
 

Author(s): Melinda Y Chang, Nopasak Phasukkijwatana, Sean Garrity, Stacy L Pineles, Mansour Rahimi, David Sarraf, Mollie Johnston, Andrew Charles, Anthony C Arnold

Journal: Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci.. 2017 Oct;58(12):5477-5484.

 

Migraine, particularly with aura, has been associated with ocular and systemic ischemic complications, but there are limited data on the ocular vasculature in migraine. We used optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) to assess perfusion of the macula and optic nerve in migraine ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Migraine" returned 357 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Migraine and percutaneous patent foramen ovale closure: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Yu-Jie Shi, Jun Lv, Xing-Ting Han, Guo-Gang Luo

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The association between patent foramen ovale (PFO) and migraine with aura (MA) is well established. However, the benefits of PFO closure are less certain in patients with migraine without aura (MwoA).

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Premonitory Symptoms of Migraine in Childhood and Adolescence.
 

Author(s): N Karsan, P Prabhakar, P J Goadsby

Journal: Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2017 Jul;21(7):34.

 

Premonitory symptoms in migraine; symptoms occurring before the onset of migraine pain or aura, are an increasingly recognised area of interest within headache research. It has been recently documented in the literature that these symptoms also occur in children and adolescents, with ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Tricyclic antidepressants for preventing migraine in adults.
 

Author(s): Xiao-Min Xu, Yang Liu, Mei-Xue Dong, De-Zhi Zou, You-Dong Wei

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jun;96(22):e6989.

 

Migraine, ranked as the 7th-highest specific cause of disability worldwide, has caused an enormous burden on the economy and society. Tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) is one of the most commonly drugs for migraine prevention. However, evidence about the efficacy and tolerability of ...

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Open Label Safety Study in Acute Treatment of Migraine
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Migraine

 

Last Updated: 27 Nov 2017

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Study of Efficacy and Safety of AMG 334 in Adult Episodic Migraine Patients
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Migraine

 

Last Updated: 14 Feb 2018

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Pain Processing in Adults With Migraines
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Migraines

 

Last Updated: 20 Oct 2017

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