Migraine, TMD & Neck Pain

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Key Questions
  • How is neck pain related to migraine?
  • What conditions other than migraine disease can involve neck pain?
  • What is temporomandibular disorder (TMD), and how is it related to migraine and neck pain?
  • What symptoms and diagnostic approaches differentiate TMD, migraine, and neck pain?
  • How are ear-related issues associated with migraine and TMD?
  • How do person-specific factors help determine the most suitable treatment plan for TMD, migraine, and neck pain?
  • How can individuals managing multiple health conditions facilitate effective communication among their specialized healthcare providers?
  • How are TMD, migraine, and neck pain treated together?
  • What are the benefits and risks of chiropractic treatment and surgery for these conditions?
  • What strategies can patients with these conditions use to improve their quality of life?
Interview Notes
Treatments Mentioned
  • Amitriptyline
  • Cervical spine injections
  • Chiropractic
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Duloxetine
  • Gabapentin
  • Massage therapy
  • Nerve blocks
  • Neurosurgical intervention
  • OnabotulinumtoxinA (Botox)
  • PM&R (physical medicine and rehabilitation) physician
  • Physical therapy (PT)
  • Relaxation therapy
  • SEEDS ( Sleep, Exercise, Eating, Drinking, & Stress Management)
  • TMJ specialist: Temporomandibular disorders
  • Venlafaxine (Effexor)

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Rashmi B. Halker Singh, MD, FAHS, FAAN

Associate Professor of Neurology
Mayo Clinic, Arizona

Rashmi B. Halker Singh, MD, FAHS, FAAN, is an associate professor of neurology at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., where she also serves as the headache medicine fellowship program director, neuroscience block faculty member at Mayo Medical School, and a member of Officers & Councilors. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in neuroscience before attending medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit. She then completed both her neurology residency and headache medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Arizona before joining the faculty in 2011. During her residency training, Dr. Halker Singh was named the external chief resident.

For the American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Halker Singh is the previous chair of the Headache and Face Pain Section and a current member of the Science Committee and has served as course director, faculty member, and plenary speaker at the annual meetings. For the American Headache Society (AHS), she is a member of the board of directors, as well as co-director of the Resident Education for Assessment and Care for Headache (REACH) program, current chair of the Women’s Leadership Development Subcommittee, co-director of the Scottsdale Headache Symposium annual meeting, and a member of several committees. She is also the deputy editor and the online and social media editor of Headache, the official journal of the AHS, and is an editorial board member of the American Migraine Foundation.

She has been a speaker at many international, national, and regional meetings and has numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and abstracts related to her fields of interest, which include migraine, women and headache, telemedicine, and medical education, as well as topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Her many honors include the AHS Above and Beyond Award for Service, Outstanding Course Director at Mayo Clinic, Top Faculty Members Award by Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development, Emerging Leaders Award by the AHS, Mayo Clinic Commitment Against Racism Grant Recipient, and the Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship Award.

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