Pain, Memory and Migraine

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Key Questions
  • Do other types of chronic pain impair cognitive functioning?
  • Does chronic pain damage the brain?
  • Are there changes in the brain of people with migraine?
  • What is happening when we have brain fog?
  • Why does cognitive functioning feel impaired most of the time with chronic migraine?
  • What role does inflammation play in pervasive cognitive symptoms?
  • Why do we have difficulty with memory during a migraine attack?
  • Why does memory loss seem to persist beyond the migraine attack?
  • Do migraines increase cognitive decline as we age?
  • Are there any enduring effects from long term medication use?
Interview Notes
Jack Schim

Jack D. Schim, MD

Neurologist, Headache Specialist and Partner
The Neurology Center of Southern California

Dr. Schim is board certified in neurology, and has certification in headache medicine by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties. Dr. Schim has been chair of the division of neuroscience at Scripps Hospital, Encinitas, and medical director of the stroke program at Tri-City Medical Center. He is a past president of the Association of California Neurologists and an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Stroke Association and American Headache Society. He is a board member and the immediate past president of the Headache Consortium of the Pacific, chairperson and director of the California Chapter, Alliance for Patient Access, and a board member and past president of the American Heart Association, San Diego.

He has published articles in Experimental Neurology, Current Medical Research and Opinion, Pain Practice, Headache, and Neurology. He has been a clinical investigator in multiple clinical trials and he has been a speaker and consultant on the topic of headache and migraine. Currently he is a partner in The Neurology Center, in Encinitas, California, and is co-director of the Headache Center of Southern California. He enjoys travel, and is an avid photographer and surfer.

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