Brain-Related Comorbidities of Migraine

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Key Questions
  • What is a comorbidity?
  • What are the most common comorbidities of migraine?
  • What links these conditions to migraine?
  • How are depression and anxiety identified?
  • What is epilepsy, and how is it related to migraine?
  • If seizures are instigated by a migraine attack, can treating that migraine attack earlier effectively prevent the seizure?
  • What is multiple sclerosis (MS), and how is it related to migraine?
  • What is fibromyalgia, and how is it related to migraine?
  • What is the role of central sensitization?
  • What is stroke, and how is it related to migraine?
  • Is there evidence supporting a connection between migraine and the risk of stroke?
  • How does the risk of stroke influence the choice of medications for treating migraine?
  • What is insomnia, and how is it related to migraine?
  • A recent article proposes a strong circadian nature of migraine. What does this suggest about the connection between migraine and sleep disorders?
  • What considerations are important when managing treatment of migraine with any comorbidity?
Interview Notes
Treatments Mentioned
  • Biofeedback
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Exercise/movement
  • Healthy diet
  • Hydration
  • Mindfulness
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Relaxation exercises
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Stress management
  • Triptans
  • Weight management

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Dawn C. Buse, PhD

Psychologist & Clinical Professor
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dawn C. Buse, PhD, is a clinical professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a member of the board of directors of the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific, and a licensed psychologist. She has authored more than 200 scientific manuscripts and has won eight U.S. and international research awards and six professional awards for her work in the field of migraine.

She is a co-investigator on numerous U.S. and international studies, including the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention (AMPP) study; the Chronic Migraine Epidemiology and Outcomes (CaMEO) study; the Migraine Signature Study (MSS); the International Burden of Migraine Study (IBMS); the Migraine in America Symptoms and Treatment (MAST) study; the Observational Survey of the Epidemiology, Treatment and Care of Migraine (OVERCOME) study; and a recipient of the FDA-sponsored Migraine Clinical Outcome Assessment System (MiCOAS) grant, which is gathering patient input for the development of migraine clinical trial endpoints. She is an advocate for the well-being of patients and healthcare professionals.

Interviews from Dawn C. Buse, PhD

Brain-Related Comorbidities of Migraine
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