More than 130 women joined us for the May Women’s Connection luncheon at Botanica.
Andrew Massey, MD, associate professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, discussed the prevention and treatment of migraine headaches.
Did you know migraines are the most common headache seen in doctor’s offices and emergency rooms?
According to Dr. Massey, 90 percent of all headaches are due to one of three disorders:
- Tension-type headaches
- Migraine headaches
- Cluster headaches
- Fifteen percent of Americans experience migraines; women more so than men.
Dr. Massey discussed the symptoms of migraine which include:
- Pain — Dull, deep, steady when the headache is mild to moderate; throbbing or pulsating when severe
- Worsened by light, noise, motion, sneezing or straining
- Migraine aura, which preceeds or accompanies the headache and lasts from 5 to 20 minutes, or as long as an hour
- Migraines may last a few hours to several days; they usually resolve themselves after sleep
It’s also important to know the triggers that may set off migraines:
- Emotional stress, worry
- Medications and chemicals — Nitroglycerin, estrogen; strong perfumes, smoke, organic solvents
- Certain foods including chocolate, nuts, MSG, nitrites (used in preserving meat)
Dr. Massey’s presentation included lots of great information on treatment options for migraine suffers, which can be found in the PowerPoint presentation below.