Migraine Pain Has Adverse Effects on Qualify of Life

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Migraine Pain Has Adverse Effects on Qualify of Life


Migraine headaches can have adverse effects on a persons quality of life. Due to severe migraine pain, a person can experience extreme difficulty in functioning normally. In many cases, migraine sufferers have to miss days at work or school, or cancel social functions because of a migraine attack.

In a recent lecture on migraine at a dinner symposium sponsored by research-based pharmaceutical company Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD), Dr. Regina Macalintal-Canlas, chair, Section of Neurology, Department of Neurosciences, Makati Medical Center and immediate past chair, Headache Council of the Philippine Neurological Association, discussed that migraine falls under the primary headaches category of the recently-approved 2004 International Headache Society Classification of Headache Disorders.

Dr. Macalintal-Canlas highlighted that with the new classification of migraine, doctors may now find the guideline helpful in approaching the diagnosis and treatment of migraine by providing standardized diagnostic criteria which in turn should not only benefit patients but will provide a way to reassure patients of a more targeted approach in dealing with migraine.

"Migraine is defined as a complex neurophysiological disorder which is characterized by episodic and progressive forms of head pain and it has numerous neurological and non-neurological accompaniments and prodromal events," explained Dr. Macalintal-Canlas.

She also enumerated the factors that can trigger headaches such as menstruation, ovulation, pregnancy, strenuous exercise, oversleeping, fasting, missing meals, flickering or flashing lights, repetitive and loud noise, fumes, fragrances and smoke, changes in weather, high altitudes, contraceptive pills and HRT, and medications for blood pressure and asthma. …

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