Update: The American Headache Society's 52nd Annual Scientific Meeting

Nancy Harris Bonk Health Guide
  • It's Sunday night, and I'm totally wiped out after an eventful four days of learning about Migraines and headaches at the American Headache Society's 52nd Annual Scientific Meeting.  There were so many speakers to hear, posters to see, and scientific paper presentations to get to that I had a hard time making my mind up which ones would be most valuable to you. 


    Vertigo and Migraine was a very interesting topic with Dr. Robert Baloh. It appears almost two thirds of adults who suffer vertigo were carsick as children. 


    Dr. Lipton discussed risk factors for Chronic Migraine (Migraine occurring on 15 or more days per month for more than 3 months in the absence of medication overuse) such as allodynia, obesity, snoring and anxiety. Chronic Migraine rates 63% on the MIDAS (Migraine disability assessment). Let me help put this in perspective for you, the MIDAS scale is a questionnaire that communicates to our doctors the disruption of our Migraines and/or headache disorders impacts our daily lives for three months. Sixty three percent is three times greater that "normal" which is unacceptable.  

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    Dr. Mathew discussed Chronic Migraine and the possibility of an increase of iron in the brains of older people the longer they have Migraines. Allodynia is found in 75% of Chronic Migraineurs and is more common than nausea.


    This is just the tip of the iceberg. We will be talking more about this meeting in the weeks to come. Stay tuned!   



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Published On: June 30, 2010