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.
Today's term: Intractable Migraine
An Intractable Migraine is a Migraine that doesn't respond to "regular" Migraine treatments.
Unfortunately, we have to discuss Intractable Migraine too often because it's just too common. This demonstrates the need for much more re...
All of us have probably experienced at least one intractable Migraine or headache -- the ones that don't want to respond to any of our medications. This situation can be one long Migraine or headache, or it can be a series of Migraines or headaches, day after day.
These Migraines and headaches often send us to the emergency room, not our favorite place in the world. Sometimes, our doctors even tell us to the ER because they don't know what more to do with us in their offices.
One of the best options for intractable Migraines or headaches that aren't responding to medications is IV infusion therapy to get the cycle broken. For many people, a simple IV infusion of magnesium sulfate will do the trick. It's not an opioid, it has a low potential side effects profile, and it's inexpensive. You can read more about IV infusion and what medications can be used this way in IV Treatment of Refractory Migraine .
We have a true expert on IV infusion here, Dr. John Claude Krusz. Dr. Krusz h...
Full Question: My EEG shows a "migraine variant/variance". Although I know many people with migraine, I don't know anyone who has this abnormal EEG. Whenever I've mentioned this to Doctors they just kind of nod their heads, knowingly. This is the way it was explained to me: "The abnormal brain wave that you have looks just like that of a person with seizure disorder (epilepsy). The only way we can tell the difference is by your clinical examination. You obviously have symptoms of migraine". I guess it's always kind of bothered me, thinking that maybe I've missed something. I've suffered with intractable migraine for over 20 years. Some periods of time have been fairly normal, but not enough! My concern is, in part, fueled by the fact that I had an Aunt who had epilepsy. Please offer your advice/opinion on this matter. Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Your service here is more valuable than you could ever know! Jane. Answer: Dear Jan...
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