Although migraine symptoms are consistent across classifications, there are two clinical distinctions: Episodic Migraines and Chronic Migraines. Patients with episodic migraines experience 14 or fewer “headache days” per month whereas chronic migraine sufferers have 15 or more “headache days” per month.
For episodic migraineurs, headaches average about 12 hours, are present on one or both sides of the head, occur mostly in women and are often accompanied with nausea and/or vomiting. Genetics play a strong role with 90% of sufferers related to another individual with episodic migraines. Unfortunately, migraines can be like an oncoming train – even if you see it coming, it’s nearly impossible to stop. Preventative treatments are tricky because traditional migraine medications pack a big punch and it would be dangerous to use them daily.
While migraine symptoms vary from person-to-person, treatment options are similar across the board. Patient options include:
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