A Pilot Study to Measure Cognitive Efficiency During Migraine
Article first published online: 25 DEC 2001
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 40, Issue 8, pages 657–661, September 2000
How to Cite
Farmer, K., Cady, R., Bleiberg, J. and Reeves, D. (2000), A Pilot Study to Measure Cognitive Efficiency During Migraine. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 40: 657–661. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-4610.2000.040008657.x
- Issue published online: 25 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 25 DEC 2001
- Accepted for publication March 5, 2000.
- cognitive efficiency;
- neuropsychological test
Background and Objectives.—The measurement of cognitive efficiency during migraine has produced conflicting results primarily due to the types of tests used. The objectives of this pilot study were two-fold: to measure cognitive efficiency during migraine, compared to a migraine-free period, and to evaluate the effects of therapy with a 5-HT1 agonist (sumatriptan injection, 6 mg) on the cognitive efficiency of migraineurs during a migraine.
Method.—The Headache Care Center-Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics was administered to 10 migraineurs, three times without a migraine, once during a migraine, and three times after administration of sumatriptan injection (6 mg).
Results.—The results demonstrated a significant drop in cognitive efficiency during migraine and recovery 15 minutes after therapeutic injection.
Conclusions.—This pilot study is the first to document a significant drop in cognitive functioning during migraine and recovery after administration of a migraine-specific medication.