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

Medical Director
New England Institute for Neurology & Headache

Dr. Peter McAllister is board certified in neurology and headache medicine. He is the medical director of the New England Institute for Neurology and Headache and chief medical officer of the New England Institute for Clinical Research and Ki Clinical Research in Stamford, Connecticut.

Dr. McAllister is an associate professor of neurology at the Yale University School of Medicine and clinical professor of neurology and anatomy at the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and an executive board member of the Headache Cooperative of New England.

He is recognized as a “Top Neurologist” by U.S. News & World Report and also listed as a “Top Doc” in Connecticut, metropolitan New York City, and Fairfield County. Dr. McAllister lectures internationally, has been a principal investigator on over 350 clinical trials, and has authored more than 100 articles and book chapters in the lay and scientific press.

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