New Ways To Mitigate Migraines

By Anne Godlasky
11/5/2008
USA TODAY

Headaches distract. Migraines can debilitate. Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from the throbbing pain, costing employers some $13 billion a year from missed workdays and impaired work function, according to research reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
“You can be out for three days — lie there and not move, feel nauseous but not throw up — it’s incapacitating,” says Jeanne Safer, 61, a New York psychotherapist who has suffered regular migraines for about a decade.

But new treatments in the pipeline may help control the pain. Some “exciting” new drugs are coming into the headache field, says Alan Rapoport, a UCLA professor of neurology who has studied headaches for 35 years. More…

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