Self-medication harms the migraine

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Self-medication and lack of diagnosis and proper treatment can make chronic migraine, a severe and frequent headache that affects about 12 percent of the population and can be very disabling.

This is confirmed by experts from the headache and migraine unit of the Hospital Clinico de València, which celebrates 20 years with more than 5,000 consultations each year and has organized yesterday and today a series of activities to raise awareness and awareness of this disease.

Also during this week, in the hall of external consultations you can see the exhibition "Give voice to your migraine", with informative talks in which the experiences of patients with migraine are counted, in order to make the disease visible, according to a statement of the Generalitat.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has placed migraine among the six most disabling diseases in general and the second of neurological diseases.

Migraine is a severe and frequent headache that affects approximately 12 percent of the population of middle ages, from adolescence to approximately 50 years, with the peak being around 30 years of age.

The pain may be accompanied by nausea, discomfort to light and noise and in a quarter of those who suffer may present visual disturbances known as "migraine aura."

Without diagnosis
According to the Chief of the Neurology Service of the Hospital Clínico, José Miguel Láinez, in the Clinical-Malvarrosa Department there are around 40,000 people with migraine, of which approximately 40% could be undiagnosed.

"In these days we want to raise awareness about this disease and give guidelines for a good diagnosis and treatment and avoid self-medication," he said.

The specialists have emphasized the need to go to the doctor for a correct diagnosis and an adequate treatment of the ailment.

According to Láinez, approximately 25% of patients with headaches have never consulted with medical professionals and "without a diagnosis there is a danger that the patient will self-medicate and the migraine will become chronic".

"When the headache stops being something punctual and begins to be more intense and is accompanied by other symptoms, it must be treated. All headaches can be treated but they can also get worse if the diagnosis is delayed, "he explained.

New techniques
The Neurology Service of the Hospital Clínico has been a pioneer in the investigation of migraine and the incorporation of new treatments.

He has participated in more than 40 clinical trials on migraine, from traditional drug trials to new techniques, including neuromodulation of pain through neurostimulators.

Among the latest advances in which he has participated are the clinical trials of the new monoclonal antibody drugs.

In 2012, he began a clinical trial for the placement of a neurostimulator that treats migraine in cases in which no pharmacological treatment works, and before that he had already participated in the neurostimulator research for cluster headache.

According to Láinez, currently there are many medications to treat migraine and prevent the onset of crisis, and adds that even so "we can say that it is a disease that is difficult to handle in some cases." (tagsToTranslate) migrana (t) medication (t) chronic

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