Does everyone with chronic migraine have one or more of the risk factors for progressing from episodic to chronic migraine?


Not all of those with chronic migraine possess one or more of the risk factors for progressing from episodic migraine to chronic migraine.


“Plenty of people who have zero risk factors will progress from episodic into chronic migraine, and even into chronic migraine the next stage up, which is continuous headache, when you're never headache-free and have very high levels of disability. Many of our most disabled patients may not have a single obvious risk factor for why they evolved from mild episodic migraine into severe chronic daily headache with considerable disability.”

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William Young

William B. Young, MD

Neurologist and Headache Specialist
Jefferson Headache Center

Dr. William Young is a world-renowned pioneer in the field of migraine. He serves as the director of the Jefferson Headache Center in Philadelphia. He instructs neurologists on headache medicine and regularly publishes research on the topic. He is board-certified in neurology, psychiatry, and headache medicine. Dr. Young is a passionate advocate on eradicating the stigma of migraine. He fights on Capitol Hill for greater funding and research on migraine. In addition to his roles at the American Headache Society and the American Academy of Neurology, he is also president of the Alliance for Headache Disorders.