Finding Migraine Relief

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Key Questions
  • What are the acute medications for migraine and when are they used?
  • Is caffeine useful for migraine?
  • How effective are essential oils for migraine?
  • What preventive medications are available for migraine?
  • What should you do if your headache specialist says they have run out of options to treat your migraine disease?
  • Which vitamins and nutritional supplements have been shown to help migraine?
  • Should we feel comfortable using preventive medications for migraine that were originally designed for different conditions like epilepsy or high blood pressure (hypertension)?
  • How can we find a good physiotherapist (physical therapist) for migraine?
  • How can past trauma be reflected in migraine disease?
  • How is the perception of medication overuse headache (MOH) changing?
  • What is the effect of exercise on migraine?
  • What can we do on super tough migraine days?
Interview Notes
Treatments Mentioned
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • ACE inhibitors
  • Acetaminophen with caffeine
  • Advil
  • Amitriptyline
  • Analgesics
  • Antidepressants
  • Antiemetics
  • Antiepileptics
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Butterbur (Petadolex)
  • Caffeine
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Candesartan (Atacand)
  • CGRP inhibitors
  • CGRP small-molecule receptor antagonists (gepants)
  • Chiropractic
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy – insomnia (CBT-I)
  • Contraception
  • Dihydroergotamine (DHE)
  • Dimenhydrinate (Gravol/Dramamine in the U.S./U.K.)
  • Dopamine blockers (IV)
  • Earplugs
  • Essential oils
  • Exercise
  • Feverfew (grande chamomile)
  • Gabapentinoids
  • Ginger
  • Headache diary
  • Heat
  • Ice
  • Kinesiologist
  • Lasmiditan (Reyvow)
  • Magnesium citrate
  • Magnesium glycinate
  • Masks
  • Meditation
  • Melatonin
  • Memantine (Namenda)
  • Mint rollers
  • Naproxen
  • OnabotulinumtoxinA (Botox)
  • Metoclopramide (Metonia)
  • Osteopathy
  • Pain reprocessing therapy (PRT)
  • Personal trainers
  • Pet therapy
  • Physiotherapist (physical therapist)
  • Talk therapy
  • Triptans
  • Tylenol
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D
  • Yoga

Please note: The Migraine World Summit’s aim is to bring you a variety of perspectives and expertise, independent of bias or judgment. Alternative theories presented in this video have not been medically reviewed. Views expressed in this interview do not necessarily represent the views of the Migraine World Summit. Please always consult your health care professional and do your own research before making changes to your treatment plan.

Elizabeth Leroux, MD, FRCPC

Headache Specialist
Montreal Neurological Clinic, Canada

Dr. Elizabeth Leroux is a well-respected headache neurologist currently practicing at the Montreal Neurological Clinic. Previous affiliations include the Montreal University Headache Clinic and the University of Calgary’s Calgary Headache Assessment and Management Program (CHAMP).

Dr. Leroux is past president of the Canadian Headache Society, the founder and chair of Migraine Canada, and the founder of Migraine Quebec. She is the designer of the Canadian Migraine Tracker app, and lead of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) mastermind program on migraine. Her current focus includes therapeutic education, cluster headache, vestibular migraine, and patient advocacy.

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