Intractable Migraine Headaches During Pregnancy

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SOURCE:   Comp Ther Clin Prac 2009 (Nov); 15 (4): 192–197

Joel Alcantara, D.C. and Martine Cossette, D.C.

International Chiropractic Pediatric Association,
327 North Middletown Dr,
Media, PA, USA

A 24 yr-old pregnant patient presented with chronic migraine headaches, which she had since age of 12. Previous care included osteopathy, physical therapy, medications and massage with unsuccessful outcome. Her medical care had consisted of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication with codeine, at the maximum amount permitted during a pregnancy (i.e., 1000mg per day) as well as caffeine intake through coffee to potentiate the medication. This resulted in only minor and temporary relief.

The intensity of her migraine headaches had significantly reduced following the first three visits. Her pain rating (on a 1-10 scale, with 1= no pain, and 10 being the worst pain) reduced from an 8-9/10 severity to a 2/10 severity. The frequency of her headaches reduced from once daily to once every 3 days. This resulted in self-withdrawal and decreased dependence on the pain medication.

Unfortunately, the abstract does not mention patient progress beyond the 3rd visit, and we do not have access to the full-text article, but I will contact the author and ask about further progress in this case.

Meanwhile, You can read the full abstract right here.