Migraine Term of the Day: Intractable Migraine

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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 MigraineAn** 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 research into better Migraine treatments.

In cases of Intractable Migraine, IV infusion is currently the approach most likely to bring Migraine under control and end the   Intractable period. You can read more about this in:

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Medical review by John Claude Krusz, PhD, MD.