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Pain - Migraine Headache Medical Treatment

Author: Kellie Wilson, PharmD

CE: 4 hours Pharmacology: 1 hour
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Course Summary

Migraine headaches are a different type of headache pain that is typically much more intense and ongoing when compared to other types of headaches. While the common headache does not usually drive a patient to seek medical attention, migraine headaches often do. More than just a severe headache, a migraine headache is typically accompanied by intense pain and a sensitivity to light and sound that often results in other physical symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting. Migraines may be with or without aura. Migraine without aura is more common and accounts for the majority of cases. Providing pain relief from migraine headaches — through medication, lifestyle changes, or complementary and alternative therapies — frequently allows the patient to experience a quality of life that would not have existed without migraine treatment.

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Course Syllabus

I.       Introduction
II.       Overview: Migraine Pain
III.      Migraine Types
1.        Migraine with Aura (Classic Migraine)
2.        Migraine without Aura (Common Migraines)
3.        Other Types of Migraines
IV.      Potential Causes of Migraines
1.        Serotonin
2.        Nociception and Electrical Signals
V.      Risk Factors of Migraine Pain
1.        Family History
2.        Gender
3.        Age
VI.     Diagnosis of Migraine
1.        Blood Tests
2.        Magnetic Resonance Imaging
3.        Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
4.        Lumbar Puncture
VII.    Medical Treatment Strategies
1.        Abortive Treatment
2.        Preventative Treatment
VIII.   Lifestyle Treatment Strategies to Prevent Migraine Pain
1.        Muscle Relaxation
2.        Sleep
3.        Identification and Avoidance of Triggers
IX.    Medication Overuse Headache
1.        Diagnosis of MOH
2.        Treatment for MOH
3.        Case Study: MOH
X.     Future Research on Headache Relief
1.        Mast Cells
2.        Cortical Spreading Depression
3.        Cutaneous Allodynia
4.        Other Social and Genetic Factors
XI.    Case Research and Study: Botox Treatment for Migraine Pain
XII.   Summary


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