An individual with chronic migraine headaches experiences headaches with migraine symptoms at least eight days a month for at least three months. Patients with chronic migraine often experience migraines that are more severe and last longer even with medication. Migraine is the 3rd most common medical problem in the world and the 7th most disabling of all medical conditions.
Are You at Risk for Chronic Migraines?
Is your migraine becoming more intense or frequent? Learn to define episodic and chronic migraine by intensity and frequency, recognize the symptoms that your migraine is progressing, and reduce the progression of your migraine.
3 Steps to Take for Chronic Migraine
1. Work with a Headache Specialist to Understand Your Migraine
Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward understanding your migraine and developing a treatment plan that works for you. Prepare for your appointment by keeping a daily headache diary to track the number of headaches you’re experiencing each month and identify potential migraine triggers.
2. Address Your Risk Factors
There are several risk factors that increase the likelihood of episodic migraine progressing to chronic migraine. Addressing these risk factors early can reduce your risk and improve the efficacy of migraine treatment:
• Depression and Anxiety
• Other pain disorders
• Head/Neck injury
• Stressful life events
• Acute Medication Overuse
3. Understand Your Triggers
For many people, certain foods or behaviors can increase the likelihood of a migraine attack. Knowing your triggers can help you make lifestyle changes to avoid them, which can reduce your symptoms. Track the events preceding each migraine attack in a headache journal, paying special attention to these common triggers:
• Certain foods and skipping meals
• Caffeine and Alcohol
• Changes in weather or barometric pressure
• Sleep deprivation
• Time zone changes
National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month
June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. This is a time for the migraine community to champion advocacy and research, build community and raise awareness for migraine.
Migraine impacts one billion people and is the second leading cause of disability. Though migraine is so prevalent, many do not realize the immense impact it has on society.
Migraine and headache awareness days include:
June 1 – Headache at Work
June 6 – Veterans with Headache Diseases
June 7 – Remembrance Day (Those Lost to Headache Diseases)
June 19 – Disparities in Headache
June 20 – Headache Diseases and Men
June 21 – Shades for Migraine
June 29 – Chronic Migraine Awareness Day
Schedule a Virtual Visit with a Migraine Specialist
Schedule a virtual visit with a board-certified Neurologist to discuss your head pain. Neuro2Go is great for folks who have never been to the neurologist and need up-to-the-minute information. Are you worried about a family member with memory loss, a headache that won’t go away, or another neurologic condition? Our neurologists will give you answers and provide next-step recommendations.