Migraine

Migraines are a type of severe headache that can have a major impact on everyday life. Migraine symptoms can include visual disturbances such as flashing lights and blind spots in addition to nausea, vomiting, light and sound sensitivity..

Injectable therapy (anti-wrinkle muscle relaxant with ultrafine needles) may be indicated for select patients with chronic migraine, who have not responded to at least 3 migraine preventative agents. A clinical consultation is required to determine if your migraines are likely to respond. Following consultation, and if eligible, you will be given detailed information about the procedure and any potential side effects.

Detailed information about injectable therapy for chronic migraine can be found at www.headacheaustralia.org.au

Appointments

Dr. Kiers consults from the Brighton Spinal Group rooms on a Wednesday afternoon. Referrals will need to be faxed to the practice prior to an appointment being scheduled.

For chronic migraine patients, to confirm eligibility a headache diary (for at least one month) requires completion prior to your appointment. After your first treatment, a headache diary will need to be maintained to ensure ongoing eligibility for PBS funding. It is important to learn to identify the signs and triggers of your migraine to help prevent them. The easiest way of doing this is by keeping a diary about your migraines.

A form to assist you to complete your diary can be obtained from our practice, or at http://chronicmigrainehelp.com.au/_docs/MyChronicMigraine-Detailed_Migraine_Diary.pdf

Migraine patients will need to continue regular review with their primary treating GP or neurologist, for migraine treatment in addition to the injection therapy.

Headaches

It is estimated that about 50-80% of the population have a headache at some time in their life. At any one time headaches affect about 20-50% of the population. An Age newspaper survey recently revealed that 19% of the population suffer from regular headaches, most of these having been diagnosed as migraine-type headaches.

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