Experts at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi have warned patients with frequent migraines against excessive use of painkillers, noting that this negatively affects the effectiveness of the preventive treatments that doctors prescribe for these patients, as well as the health care that must be provided to them.
Almost one in seven people in the world suffers from migraines, and with this percentage it is the third most common disease, in addition to being the main cause of disability among all neurological diseases. Migraine is still a disease that doctors have not yet diagnosed, and there is no adequate treatment for it yet for most people.
The head of the headache program at the Neurological Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Ranjeth Menon, said that doctors are noticing an increasing number of patients, whose condition worsens from occasional migraine to chronic migraine, and the biggest reason for this is the overuse of analgesic drugs. .
He added: «Since migraine has no cure now, then there is no way to contain it except by searching for the correct preventive plan, and that plan is based on the patient’s medical history, and doctors’ knowledge of the associated diseases that the patient is complaining of. Treatment includes lifestyle modifications, eating a good diet, drinking plenty of water, and sleeping well.
Treatment also includes taking appropriate preventive medications, including antidepressants, blood pressure lowering pills, and anti-seizure medications. Or newer drugs, such as (CGRP) drugs, which are drugs that inhibit the secretion of the peptide protein associated with the gene or its receptors, which is a protein that may cause inflammation and pain in the nervous system, leading to migraine attacks.
Also, the treatment program includes botox injections to treat patients suffering from chronic migraine; Botox prevents the release of chemicals called neurotransmitters, which are substances that transmit pain signals from the brain to the rest of the body, and Botox has proven to be a successful treatment option for preventing migraines in an increasing number of hospitalized patients.
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