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Migraine Headaches
(NR009)

Introduction


Migraine is a syndrome characterized by recurrent headaches with or without aura that can include various combinations of neurologic, gastrointestinal, and autonomic changes.
Migraine headaches are experienced by persons of all races, cultures, and geographical locations. Migraine can not be diagnosed after a single episode. Migraine is by definition, recurrent, and symptoms must meet certain criteria to establish the diagnosis and to be classified according to type of migraine.

It is estimated that more than 23 million Americans - about 17% of women and 6% of men - experience migraine. Migraine is the most common cause of severe recurrent headache in children and one child in nine (10.6%) of school age children suffers from migraine. The annual financial burden to society is estimated to be in the range of $1 billion to $17 billion.

Treatment strategies for migraine fall into two broad categories: symptomatic (abortive) and preventive (prophylactic). The goals of treatment are to relieve pain and the associated symptoms and to optimize the person's ability to function normally.

Treatment strategies are based on the frequency, nature, and severity of attacks. Individualization of treatment is an important aspect of successful care. Symptom relief should include not only on the pain of the headache, but associated symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. The rare occurrence of intractable, acute migraine may require hospitalization and aggressive intravenous treatment.

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