Controlling Unresponsive Chronic Migraine

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Key Questions
  • What makes chronic migraine a different beast than episodic migraine
  • What is central sensitization and how does it relate to chronic and episodic migraine?
  • How do you treat someone who says they have already tried everything?
  • How do you treat someone who is never pain-free?
  • What are the risk factors that lead people to develop chronic migraine?
  • Why do some people recover from chronic migraine spontaneously?
  • What types of migraine improve with age?
  • Why do some people’s chronic migraine get better at younger ages?
  • How can I participate in migraine research studies?
  • How should I keep track of migraine triggers when my symptoms are constant?
  • How can migraine triggers be made irrelevant?
  • When should someone be hospitalized because of chronic migraine?
  • What percentage of people do not get better with adequate treatment, and how do I know if I’m one of them?
  • Why are some doctors still unaware of chronic migraine, and how can this problem be addressed?
Interview Notes

Find more about David Dodick, MD and his work here:

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David Dodick, MD

Director of Headache Program
Mayo Clinic, USA

Dr. David Dodick is a world leader in the field of headache and migraine. He is a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and a consultant in neurology at the Mayo Clinic, in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is program director of the Mayo Clinic Neurology Residency Program and Headache Medicine Fellowship Program. He is also medical director of the Headache Program as well as the Concussion Program at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Dr. Dodick is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and also holds United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties certification in headache medicine and an ABPN certification in vascular neurology.

Dr. Dodick has authored more than 280 peer-reviewed publications and co-authored eight books. He serves as editor-in-chief of Cephalalgia, and is on the editorial board of several journals, including The Neurologist, Postgraduate Medicine, and Lancet Neurology. He is the immediate past president of the International Headache Society and a past president of the American Headache Society, chair of the American Migraine Foundation, and vice-chair of the World Federation of Neurology Headache Research Group.

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