Inflammation Control as Migraine Control

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Key Questions
  • What is inflammation?
  • Does inflammation serve a purpose?
  • Is inflammation as important as it’s made out to be in health communities?
  • Is there a way to measure inflammation in the body?
  • Are there known inflammatory markers in people with migraine?
  • Does inflammation lead to migraine, or does migraine lead to inflammation?
  • Does uncontrolled chronic migraine cause chronic inflammation, leading to other pain conditions?
  • What does the gut have to do with inflammation?
  • Are anti-inflammatory medications the best antidote to inflammation?
  • What are some other ways to fight inflammation?
  • Can diet influence inflammation?
  • What do omega-3s and omega-6s have to do with inflammation and migraine?
  • Are there any supplements that can help inflammation?
  • What is the relationship between inflammation and some conditions that are comorbid with migraine, such as depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders?
  • Is exercise beneficial or harmful for inflammation?
Interview Notes

Find out more about Gretchen Tietjen, MD and her work here:

Treatments Mentioned
  • Acetaminophen
  • CGRP antagonists
  • DHE, intranasally
  • Diet high in omega-3’s, low in omega-6’s
  • Ditans
  • Exercise
  • Gepants
  • Meditation
  • Neuromodulatory devices
  • NSAIDs
  • Sleep
  • Steroids
  • Tai chi
  • Triptans
  • Yoga

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Gretchen E. Tietjen, MD

Professor Emerita of Neurology
University of Toledo

Dr. Gretchen Tietjen is professor and chair of neurology at the University of Toledo, and director of the University of Toledo Medical Center Headache Treatment and Research Program and Stroke Program. The UTMC Stroke Program, established in 1994, was the area’s first center, and today treats an average of 300 stroke patients each year. Dr. Tietjen has been the recipient of the Harold G. Wolff Lecture Award for Headache Research at the American Headache Society Conference, and the American Headache Society John R. Graham Lecture Award. She specializes in headache medicine and vascular neurology and has uncovered groundbreaking connections between migraine and stroke and between childhood abuse, post-traumatic stress, and migraine. Her research also includes migraine as a risk factor for stroke and cerebrovascular disease. Dr. Tietjen graduated from the University of Michigan medical school in 1984 and has more than 30 years in practice.

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