Troubled by frequent migraine?Is it disturbing your enjoyment of life, or interfering with your work and leisure? Call 02 8287 1900 for a migraine solution appointment.
A migraine attack is not just a severe headache. It is a definite neurological phenomenon when one can suffer other symptoms of nausea, visual disturbance, and sensitivity to light and sound. It is a very common condition affecting some 1 in 8 women and 1 in 12 men. Most migraine sufferers are not greatly impaired suffering only a handful of attacks a year but can get on with their lives.
However, a small minority of sufferers have what is called chronic migraine. This is a more established form of the disorder, where the attacks are more frequent and sometimes longer lasting with almost continuous daily headache.If you have >14 days a month of headache, and at least 8 of these are migraine-like in character, then you may have chronic migraine. There are many treatments available including a well known recently PBS approved and clinically proven injectable muscle relaxant drug. This treatment can also be used for excessive teeth/jaw clenching (bruxism) which can occur on its own or in combination with migraine/headache. If you think that you may be suffering from chronic migraine, we may be able to help you.
Contact us to see how we can help you.
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PLEASE NOTE WITH THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY, WE PREFER TO SEE ALL NEW HEADACHE PATIENTS USING TELEHEALTH
We are now able to offer Telehealth (video or phone) consultations to all patients in Australia. Our Telehealth (video or phone) consultations employ very easy to use high-speed platforms, compatible with computers, hand-held devices (Apple and Android). This means you can have your consultation from virtually anywhere. Please note these consultations with a neurologist may attract a private fee and be partly rebatable; please call 02 82871900 for details. Private payment is usually taken prior to the consultation.
You may also wish to know that if you qualify for and embark on injection therapy at our clinic, any gap cost of the initial Telehealth consultation may be discounted from our usual fee for treatment; this effectively means that this initial consultation would be free.
These are challenging times, and at SNNN, we want to reassure our patients that we are doing all we can to ensure our practice is a safe environment.
– All our staff are fully vaccinated, and undergo regular Covid testing
– Preferential and affordable Telehealth (video or phone) consultations using very easy to use high-speed platforms, compatible with computers, hand-held devices (Apple and Android). This means you can have your consultation from virtually anywhere
– Regular disinfection and cleaning of all areas
– Appropriate social distancing measures in the waiting area with restricted accompanying members
– Messaging system alert for appointments to minimise waiting area use
– Negative pressure consulting room, with on-site Telehealth to the doctor to minimise the face-to-face interaction phase
We understand your concerns, so please call the practice if you are uncertain if you should attend for any reason.
Also see: chronic daily headache
- Trigger avoidance
- Relaxation and cognitive behavioural therapy
- Oral medication
- Injection therapy
- Natural treatments
What we treat
Our clinic can assess your headaches to see if you suffer from migraine / chronic migraine. Medicare rebates and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) may apply to some treatments such as injectable therapy. There are many other treatments that can be used for migraine or even chronic migraine so please consult your doctor to see if these other simple measures work first.
Megan, 32, part-time mother of two
‘I wasn’t really much of a headache sufferer. Aside from the odd headache, I used to get the odd migraine where I was nauseous and had some visual disturbance, especially around the time of my period. But then, I started to experience almost 3-4 headaches a week, and sometimes, they were merging into each other. I wasn’t as nauseous and I didn’t ‘see stars’ even though they were still my migraine with a throbbing right side of the head. But I was still really unwell. Nothing appeared to shift it, and I had to take sick days off. I was getting too tired and dizzy from the drugs, but that was before I had the injections.’
Comment by Dr Ng:
Megan’s headache is what most experts would term ‘chronic migraine’. This has been defined as >14 days of headache a month, with >7 of these being migraine for at least 3 months.
David, 41, mechanic
‘I had been a long term sufferer of migraine. Nobody told me that I shouldn’t take so many Nurofen plus or Panadeine’s. I only got better when I started to gradually reduce these medications. I think the (injections) also helped me.’
Comment by Dr Ng:David had a condition called ‘medication overuse’ headache. Not uncommon among migraine sufferers, this results from excessive use of acute medications chronically. The most likely drugs that are likely to do this are codeine containing preparations. The mainstay of therapy is to reduce the intake of these medications. Injectable therapy is also an option as the major study (PREEMPT) into this drug suggested it may have a place in the management of medication overuse headache.
(note names and stories are representative only, and not real life cases)
For more information see the following:
University of Sydney | The Royal Australasian College of Physicians | Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists | Royal College of Physicians | International Hyperhidrosis Society | NSW Government Health