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A Migraine attack can have up to four phases - prodrome, aura, headache, and postdrome. The aura is generally thought to be a separate phase that precedes the headache. During a clinical trial of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for Migraine, it was necessary to collect data that allowed researchers to evaluate the timing of the aura phase relative to headache and other Migraine symptoms. Researchers used this data for a prospective study 1 presented at the American Headache Society's annual scientific meeting in June.
"The objective of the study was to examine a large number of prospectively recorded attacks of Migraine with aura and determine the timing of aura relative to headache and other Migraine symptoms." 1
267 patients were enrolled from 16 centers and trained to use an electronic Migraine diary for a month.
Participants were asked to record Migraine with aura and their symptoms and treat with the TMS device as soon as po...
It is a good idea to type and print your migraine diary before you see your doctor in order to keep it legible and clean. If you arrive prepared, many of the questions your doctor will ask can be answered quickly and painlessly. Factors to Include in Your Migraine Diary: 1. When your migraine occurred When looking back at your diary, you may see that your migraines often occur during a certain time of day. 2. Location and type of pain Was it a throbbing pain, or steady pressure? 3. Intensity of your migraine Try to place the pain of your migraine on a scale from 1-10. 4. Any possible symptoms , including Aura Numbness Light sensitivity Nausea 5. Disruptions in your daily activity, including Changes in sleep patterns Increases in stress at work or at home 6. Menstrual cycle Migraines often occur more frequently before, during or immediately after a woman’s period. 7. Any possible migraine triggers , ...
The National Headache Foundation (NHF) has designated the first week of June as
National Headache Awareness Week (NHAW). This year marks the 15th annual
observance of NHAW, and the observance falls on June 1 - 7.
NHF Executive Director Suzanne Simons commented,
"We are very happy to be recognizing the 15th annual National Headache
Awareness Week. Our theme this year points out the importance of empowering
sufferers to recognize that headache is treatable and they can take steps to
take control of their condition."
In observance of NHAW, the National Headache Foundation (NHF) is announcing a
series of events across the country in order to educate the public about types
of headache and their impact on daily living, as well as stressing the
importance of seeking an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatments. This
year's National Headache Awareness Week takes place June 1-7, 2008. Nearly 21
million people were reached last year through this successful annual campa...
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