Results from a Novartis Phase II study continue to show promise for a new class of chronic migraine prevention drugs, anti-calcitonin gene-related-peptide (CGRP) drugs. The study, which was presented at the 5th European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress (EHMTIC) in Glasgow, Scotland, demonstrated a significant reduction in monthly migraine days compared to placebo.

There is yet another condition for which those with migraine and other headache disorders have an increased risk.  According to a study by University of Cincinnati College of Medicine researchers, headache sufferers are at a greater risk for developing hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism occurs when the body cannot produce enough thyroid hormone, which causes the individual to suffer from mood swings, weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, constipation, and irregular menstrual cycles, according to a press release.

head-650878_1920 This article was first published in a 2015 edition of HeadWise.

By Denise Schneider, PT, FAAOMPT, COMT, ATC Headache Program Manager Athletico Schaumburg South Schaumburg, IL

A cervicogenic headache stems from the structures in the cervical spine (neck) and radiates into other areas, such as the back of the head, over the top of the head, and/or on the side of the head. This type of headache may occur gradually or occur as a result of an injury. An individual suffering from a cervicogenic headache may report an increase in symptoms with movement of the head or neck and a decreased ability to do so. Symptoms may increase with prolonged positions or postures, such as sitting for extended periods of time at the computer. Other symptoms associated with cervicogenic headache include: neck pain; muscle tenderness; tenderness over the joints in the neck; shoulder/arm pain on the same side of the headache; weakness; and, possible dizziness, nausea, and lightheadedness. Cervicogenic headache and its associated symptoms are typically the result of stiff joints in the neck; soft tissue tightness and/or trigger points; and, possibly nerve irritation.