Dr. Denis Slinkin

Chronic migraine

Chronic migraine affects 14% of people, women are most exposed to the disease. The first attacks may be disturbing at the age of 10-20 years, most intensely in 30-45 years old. After 55 years, symptoms may persist in individuals.

What is a migraine

It is a primary form of headache that has a unilateral attacking pulsating character. The seizure lasts a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of 72 hours. Patients experience nausea up to vomiting and are more sensitive to light, sound, so says Dr. Denis Slinkin.

Symptoms of migraine

Dr. Denis Slinkin

The probable cause of frequent headaches (more than 15 days per month) may be in chronic migraine.

There are 3 options for symptomatology.

Migraine without aura. Headache (HB) occurs eight days or more per month, and the patient has at least two of the following four symptoms:

  • pulsating;
  • unilateral;
  • moderate or intense;
  • intensifying under load.

Plus at least one of the following two:

  • pulsating;
  • one-sided;
  • moderate or intensive;
  • boosting at loads.

This variant of symptomatology is typical for 80% of patients with this disease.

Migraine with aura.headache is fixed eight or more days a month and starts with the so-called aura (foreshadowing) lasting 5-60 minutes, so says Dr. Denis Slinkin.

Patients experience:

  • visual disturbances;
  • dizziness;
  • olfactory hallucinations;
  • shivers or numbness in the extremities;
  • speech problems.

If there are more than five cases of migraine without aura or with aura per month, the disease is likely to be chronic.

The duration of attacks plays an important role in determining symptoms. In migraine, the duration of GB is at least 4 hours provided that you take pain medication that has no or no effect.

Dr. Denis Slinkin says that with an attack duration of less than 4 hours, it is likely that the cause is not migraine. See a professional neurologist to make the right diagnosis.