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Migraine treatment

Afrim Iljazi, Cenk Ayata, Messoud Ashina, Anders Hougaard
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Vasoactive peptides play a key role in the attack-initiating cascade of migraine. Recent studies have highlighted a potentially important role for endothelin-1, a potent vasoconstrictor peptide, in migraine pathophysiology. Here, we review the current data on endothelin's involvement in migraine. RECENT FINDINGS: We identified 23 articles. Nine studies reported on endothelin-1 plasma concentrations in patients with migraine, eight studies investigated relevant genetic associations, five studies investigated endothelin-1 and spreading depression in animals, and one randomized controlled clinical trial tested the efficacy of an endothelin antagonist in the acute treatment of migraine in patients both with and without aura...
March 19, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
Anne Donnet, Sylvain Redon
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a misrecognized and probably underdiagnosed episodic syndrome associated with migraine, occurring preferentially in childhood. Attacks are stereotyped for each individual, with predictable periodicity. This review summarizes recent clinical and paraclinical observations in this syndrome, and current approaches in explorations and therapeutics. RECENT FINDINGS: Clinical phenotype during prodromal, vomiting, and recovery phases contains visceral and neuropsychological symptoms, but also cranial and systemic symptoms...
March 19, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
Alessandro S Zagami
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review recent studies outlining the management of refractory primary headache patients, including emerging therapies such as neuromodulation. This includes both noninvasive and invasive neuromodulation techniques. Recent studies on the management of medication overuse headache were also reviewed. RECENT FINDINGS: There is no consensus as yet on the definitions of refractory chronic migraine and chronic cluster headache although there is broad agreement on some aspects of these terms...
March 19, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
L Power, W Shute, B McOwan, K Murray, D Szmulewicz
This retrospective review aims to survey the clinical characteristics and management of vestibular migraine (VM) patients seen in a tertiary hospital multi-disciplinary balance disorders clinic, and how this aligns with the evidence base in the literature. A single investigator reviewed the medical records of the patients who presented to a tertiary hospital balance disorders clinic over a four month period and identified 90 cases of VM. The mean age of patients with a diagnosis of VM was 50 years (range of 17-84) and 72 (80%) were female...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Firas Sbeih, Florian Christov, Michael B Gluth
OBJECTIVE: To describe the course of Meniere's disease with noninvasive treatment during the first few years after initial diagnosis. METHODS: A retrospective review of consecutive patients with newly diagnosed definite Meniere's disease between 2013 and 2016 and a minimum follow-up of 1 year. Patients received a written plan for low sodium, water therapy, and treatment with a diuretic and/or betahistine. Subjects were screened and treated for vestibular migraine as needed...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
Saroj Lohani, Niranjan Tachamo, Salik Nazir, Anthony Donato
A 41-year-old female presented to the hospital with sore throat and shortness of breath. She was hypoxic with an oxygen saturation of 87% in room air. Physical examination revealed swollen uvula with exudates. She had been started on topiramate for treatment of migraine few months ago. The dose of topiramate was increased to 100 mg twice daily 2 weeks ago. Complete blood count revealed an absolute neutrophil count (ANC) of 8 c/mm3 . She was intubated and started on broad-spectrum antibiotics. She was transferred to our hospital on the fifth day of hospitalization...
2018: Case Reports in Hematology
M-L Sumelahti, K Mattila, M Sumanen
OBJECTIVE: Musculoskeletal disorders and depression are common among migraineurs. The aim of our study was to evaluate the occurrence of these disorders among working aged migraineurs. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The risk for fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthrosis (OA), sciatic syndrome, and the occurrence of depression was studied among cases who reported about these conditions and migraine in working aged Finnish population in The Health and Social Support Study (HeSSup) based on postal questionnaire in 2012...
March 14, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
Jihye Seo, Cheol Hyun Kim, Hongmin Chu, Yeonju Moon, Sangkwan Lee
BACKGROUND: Migraine is a common disease of primary headache, which it causes many kinds of secondary diseases or symptoms. The treatment drugs have sometimes shown side effects such as overuse headache, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, the demand for complementary and alternative interventions for migraine has increased. Herbal medicines are a representative intervention to treat migraine traditionally. Among these herbal medicines, Banhabaekchulchunma-tang (BBT) and Chongsanggeontong-tang (CGT) have been most commonly used for migraine treatment in traditional clinical practice...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Kristoffer Vogler, Caroline Gren, Nanette Mol Debes, Maria Miranda
Migraine is common and well-known in the adult population, but also frequent among children. In this review, the latest evidence on how to treat migraine in children is presented. The headache diary in which the episodes of headache are recorded, is an important tool in order to optimize the medical treatment and to avoid identified trigger factors. While the acute treatment of migraine is well-established, preventive medical treatment is not strongly evidence-based and should only be used in selected cases of severe or refractive migraine...
March 5, 2018: Ugeskrift for Laeger
Paul C Briggs, Sage Hayes, Michael Changaris
Background: Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) is a resiliency-based treatment for autonomic nervous systems dysregulation syndromes, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and physical syndromes like chronic pain, migraines, and fibromyalgia. "Transgender/gender non-conforming/gender variant" describes people whose gender identity/expression is different, at least part of the time, from the sex assigned at birth. Research indicates transgender individuals have a higher incidence of depression, anxiety, victimization, and discrimination...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Sorcha M Allen, Farouk Mookadam, Stephen S Cha, John A Freeman, Amaal J Starling, Martina Mookadam
INTRODUCTION: Greater occipital nerve (GON) blocks are frequently used to treat migraine headaches, although a paucity of supporting clinical evidence exists. The objective of this study was to assess the efficacy of GON block in acute treatment of migraine headache, with a focus on pain relief. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study was undertaken between January 2009 and August 2014 and included patients who underwent at least 1 GON block and attended at least 1 follow-up appointment...
March 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
Marjorie A Bowman, Anne Victoria Neale, Dean A Seehusen
This issue includes several excellent observational studies prompted by physicians' clinical questions. Many people use lots of menthol cough drops-does the menthol overall lengthen the cough duration? When should we intensify treatment of older individuals with diabetes? Do occipital nerve blocks work for acute migraine headaches? Did you know that the plantar fascia can rupture? What happens to those patients with chest pain but low pretest probability for serious cardiac disease who are admitted to the hospital? Acupuncture can work well-for the patients-but how can we incorporate it into the usual pace of the family medicine office? Is it a win-lose situation when medical assistant roles are expanded? How many practice sites do physicians have and does that make a difference in the number or type of health personnel shortage areas? What would you guess on the presence of humor in the medical office-more or less than half of the visits; introduced by doctors or patients; primary care or specialty doctors?...
March 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
James E Frampton, Stephen Silberstein
An intramuscular formulation of onabotulinumtoxinA (onabotA; Botox® ) is currently the only therapy specifically approved for the prevention of headaches in adults with chronic migraine (CM) in the EU and North America. This article provides a narrative review of relevant data on the drug in this indication from an EU perspective. OnabotA was originally approved on the basis of pooled data from two phase III studies (PREEMPT 1 and 2). In these pivotal studies, injection of up to five cycles of onabotA (155-195 U/cycle) at 12-week intervals was generally well tolerated and effective in producing statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvements in headache symptoms, acute headache pain medication usage, headache impact and health-related quality of life in adults with CM, of whom approximately two-thirds were acute medication overusers and approximately one-third had failed to respond to ≥ 3 prior oral prophylactic therapies...
March 12, 2018: Drugs
L Krause, E Mauz
Recurring pain in children and adolescents can have a negative impact on health and well-being. This study investigates recurring headache, abdominal pain, and back pain in children and adolescents in Thuringia. Data is based on a representative sub-sample from the federal state module Thuringia (2010-2012, n = 4096, 3-17 years), carried out in KiGGS wave 1 (first follow-up interview of the "German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents"). The 3‑month prevalence of recurrent headache, abdominal pain, and back pain is reported according to socio-demographic factors and is compared with the prevalence for the whole of Germany...
March 12, 2018: Der Schmerz
Carlyn Patterson-Gentile, Christina L Szperka
Importance: Migraine is a disabling and prevalent condition that affects the pediatric and adolescent population. This review describes current acute and preventive migraine pharmacologic therapies for the pediatric and adolescent population. Observations: Multiple pharmacotherapies that have been used in the treatment of acute headache and prevention in pediatric migraine are reviewed. There have been recent advances in the management of migraines among pediatric and adolescent patients, including US Food and Drug Administration approval of triptans for acute management in children as young as 6 years, and the first prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled comparative study of preventive pharmacotherapy in pediatric migraine...
March 12, 2018: JAMA Neurology
Shigeomi Yokoya, Akihiko Hino, Yukihiro Goto, Youichi Hashimoto, Hideki Oka
BACKGROUND: The headache preceding an intracranial aneurysm (AN) rupture is called a sentinel headache (SH), and it is characterized by a sudden, intense, and persistent headache. As subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) often develops within several weeks of SH, its rapid diagnosis and treatment can improve the prognosis. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 52-year-old woman with migraine in her medical history visited the outpatient clinic due to left orbital pain. There was no neurological deficit...
March 9, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Lasse-Marius Honningsvåg, Asta Kristine Håberg, Knut Hagen, Kjell Arne Kvistad, Lars Jacob Stovner, Mattias Linde
Objective To examine the relationship between white matter hyperintensities and headache. Methods White matter hyperintensities burden was assessed semi-quantitatively using Fazekas and Scheltens scales, and by manual and automated volumetry of MRI in a sub-study of the general population-based Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT MRI). Using validated questionnaires, participants were categorized into four cross-sectional headache groups: Headache-free (n = 551), tension-type headache (n = 94), migraine (n = 91), and unclassified headache (n = 126)...
January 1, 2018: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
Samantha L Irwin, William Qubty, I Elaine Allen, Irene Patniyot, Peter J Goadsby, Amy A Gelfand
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility, tolerability, and patient acceptability of single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (sTMS) for migraine prevention in adolescents in an open-label pilot study. BACKGROUND: Migraine is common in adolescents and can be disabling. Well tolerated preventative therapies that are safe and effective are needed. METHODS: This was an open-label prospective pilot feasibility study of sTMS for migraine prevention in adolescents aged 12-17 years...
March 12, 2018: Headache
Rebecca Burch, Paul Rizzoli, Elizabeth Loder
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: In this targeted systematic review, we aimed to identify up-to-date prevalence estimates of migraine and severe headache in adults from population-based US government surveys. Our goal was to assess the stability of prevalence estimates over time, and to identify additional information pertinent to the burden and treatment of migraine and other severe headache conditions. METHODS: We searched for the most current publicly available summary statistics from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS), and the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS)...
March 12, 2018: Headache
David W Dodick
Migraine is a chronic paroxysmal neurological disorder characterised by multiphase attacks of head pain and a myriad of neurological symptoms. The underlying genetic and biological underpinnings and neural networks involved are coming sharply into focus. This progress in the fundamental understanding of migraine has led to novel, mechanism-based and disease-specific therapeutics. In this Seminar, the clinical features and neurobiology of migraine are reviewed, evidence to support available treatment options is provided, and emerging drug, device, and biological therapies are discussed...
March 6, 2018: Lancet
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