Autoimmune Disease and Migraine: A Closer Look

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Key Questions
  • What is autoimmune disease?
  • What are the most common autoimmune disorders?
  • How are migraine and inflammation linked?
  • How might immune or autoimmune phenomena stimulate migraine?
  • What are some symptoms of autoimmune disorders?
  • How are autoimmune diseases diagnosed?
  • Can infections cause autoimmune disorders?
  • What special considerations should those with autoimmune conditions have regarding COVID-19?
  • Do any common autoimmune disorders and migraine medications negatively affect each other?
  • What medication considerations are important in treatment of both arthritis and migraine?
  • How do you handle headache resulting from use of autoimmune disorder medications?
  • What lifestyle and psychological factors should be evaluated in managing autoimmune disorders and migraine?
  • When should someone see a doctor for their autoimmune disorder or migraine?

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Interview Notes

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Treatments Mentioned
  • Cialis
  • Gepants
  • Ibuprofen
  • Levothyroxine
  • Monoclonal antibodies (biologics)
  • NSAIDs
  • Prednisone
  • Remicade
  • Steroids

Peter McAllister, MD, FAAN

Neurologist & Director
New England Center for Neurology and Headache

Dr. Peter McAllister is a board-certified neurologist and director of the New England Center for Neurology and Headache, where he sees adults and children (age 5 and older), and employs a holistic, biopsychosocial approach to diagnosis and treatment. Formerly director of the Headache Center, Concussion Center and Clinical Research at Associated Neurologists of Southern Connecticut, he holds clinical appointments at both Yale University School of Medicine and The Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. Recognized as a “Top Doc” in Connecticut, metro N.Y., and Fairfield County, he is also listed as a “Top Neurologist” by U.S. News and World Report. He lectures nationally, has been a principal investigator on numerous clinical trials, and has authored articles in the lay and scientific press. His areas of expertise include headache of all types, concussion, multiple sclerosis, ADHD, Lyme disease, and complex neurological mysteries.

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