MIGRAINE TREATMENT HAS TO INCLUDE LIFESTYLE, NOT JUST PAIN MEDICATION. I have said again and again that the treatments for a migraine have to be body-wide, that the problem is systemic but is manifesting as pain in the head. That is why patients with migraines are at increased risk of things like heart disease and stroke; in this study over twice the risk.
I continue to drone on about how migraine is a systemic condition that needs to be addressed from a whole-body standpoint. If we do not, we see the long term ramifications and increased risk of many chronic diseases.
This particular study finds a relationship between migraine and cardiovascular disease in women. So, everyone with migraines being treated with Topamax (wow–have the drugs reps been doing their jobs or what?? I’ve had more patients coming in on Topamax in the past 6 months than all other yrs combined!!) should really re-assess this approach as it does not fix the underlying physiological imbalance that is putting them at risk for chronic diseases such as stroke and CVD.