FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- People who receive
inadequate treatment for acute migraine headaches are more likely
to develop chronic migraines, according to a new study.
Researchers looked at data from more than 4,600 people with
episodic migraines (14 or fewer migraine days per month) and found
that 48 percent of them received poor or very poor treatment.
These patients were more likely to progress to having chronic
migraines (15 or more migraine days a month) than those who
received better treatment, according to the study, which was
presented this week at the International Headache Congress meeting
Within a year, about 8 percent of patients who received very
poor treatment progressed to chronic migraine, compared with 4.4
percent of those who received poor treatment, 2.9 percent of those
who received moderate treatment and 2.5 percent of those who
received the best treatment.
Migraines are debilitating headaches involving intense pulsing
or throbbing pain, and often nausea, vomiting and hypersensitivity
to light and sound.
The study was conducted by a team from the Montefiore Medical
Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City,
and Vedanta Research, in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data
and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in
a peer-reviewed journal.
"These findings are exciting as they provide clinical targets
for intervention. When we discover factors that increase the risk
of progression, health care providers can focus their efforts in
those areas to improve care and outcomes," study co-author Dawn
Buse said in an International Headache Congress news release.
"In this case, we have found several factors in acute migraine
treatment which may likely improve outcomes, including using
medications that work quickly and maintain pain-free results, which
allows and empowers people who live with migraines the freedom and
confidence to make plans and fully engage in their lives," Buse
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