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Two Studies of the Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Menstrually-Related Migraine Headaches

Authors

  • Mirihae Kim M.S.,

    1. State University of New York at Albany, Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders, The University of Albany, State University of New York, 1535 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203.
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  • Edward B. Blanchard Ph. D.

    1. State University of New York at Albany, Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders, The University of Albany, State University of New York, 1535 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203.
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Abstract

SYNOPSIS

In order to evaluate the effect of non-pharmacological treatment on menstrual and non-menstrual migraine headache (HA), 2 studies have been conducted. In Study I which was a retrospective examination of between group reactions to non-drug treatments, 37 self-defined menstrual migraineurs and 62 non-menstrual migraineurs showed comparable overall Improvement (reduction in HA activity) after treatment, but menstrual migraineurs maintained larger usage of medication across time than non-menstrual migraineurs. In Study 2 which was aprospective examination of within subject reactions to non-drug treatments, 15 carefully documented menstrual migraineurs again showed comparable levels of overall improvement but also showed that level of menstrual headache activity remained higher across time then non-menstrual migraine HA. Because there were no interactions of time and type of migraine in either study, these results raise some questions about the existence of differential effectiveness of non-pharmacological treatment of menstrual vs non-menstrual migraine.

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