Disabled Migraineurs Often Satisfied with Available TX

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CHICAGO -- A patient's satisfaction with migraine treatment may depend substantially on personal expectations.

Many migraineurs are dissatisfied with current therapies, but a significant proportion of highly disabled migraineurs are satisfied with the treatments that are available, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Headache Society.

The finding emerged from a telephone survey conducted between Oct. 30 and Nov. 26, 2002, reaching a sample of 25- to 55-year-old women with migraine or headaches that interfere with their ability to work, study, and enjoy life. The responses from 405 women were weighted to reflect the U.S. population of 25- to 55-year-old women.

The participants reported having about 5.2 migraines or severe headaches per month, and 59% reported having migraines or severe headaches for more than 6 years. About 87% reported having nausea and/or vomiting with their attacks.

Despite this significant disability, only about 65% of the women had been diagnosed with migraine by a physician, reported Dr. Nabih Ramadan of the Chicago Medical School, North Chicago. He worked on the study with lead investigator Dr. Fred Sheftell of the New England Center for Headache, Stamford, Conn.

Overall, 93% of the participants used pain medications to treat their migraines: 49% used only over-the-counter drugs, 34% used only prescription medications, and 11% used both. …