Migraine Term of the Day - Refractory

  • When we're looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it's from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing.


    Sometimes, it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn't convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.


    Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.

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    Today's term: Refractory.


    Refractory: Resistant to change; difficult to treat.


    Use in a Sentence:

    Although she tried a number of different medications to treat her chronic migraines, they remained refractory.



    You can read more about refractory in:


    What's Known About Refractory Migraines - Migratude Monday


    For more terms, see our Migraine and Headache Glossary.


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Published On: September 28, 2014