The Diamond Headache Clinic is the first comprehensive and private headache center in the world that is dedicated solely to the diagnosis and treatment of headache pain. The Clinic was founded in 1972 by Seymour Diamond, MD, who had begun practicing headache patients in 1963 as part of his family practice. In 1972, he limited his practice to the management of headache patients. The following is based on an interview with Doctor Merle Diamond, the Managing Director and President, and Mr. Konrad Kothmann, the CFO/COO.

Migraine is often stigmatized and patients, due to the disease, don’t often have opportunities to fight that stigma for themselves. The nonprofit organization, Miles for Migraine, is sending this message to individuals with migraine: there is no action too small when it comes to creating awareness and fighting the stigma of migraine. “Most people don’t understand what migraine is,” said Shirley Kessel, President of Miles for Migraine. She said many don’t realize that migraine affects not just the person experiencing migraine, but everyone around them. “It all starts with the lack of awareness,” said Janet Corroo, RN, Vice President of Miles for Migraine. “It drives the stigma. It drives the lack of funding and it drives the lack of funding for training. There aren’t enough specialists.”

Headache disorders are the most common neurological disorders, affecting more than 90 percent of Americans. Despite the disease’s prevalence, only 416 physicians had received sub-specialty certification in headache medicine by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties, as late as 2014. The vast difference between the number of patients and the number of certified providers makes it difficult for patients to find and be seen by a headache specialist. The National Headache Foundation (NHF) recognized the inadequate number of qualified headache care providers, and the NHF believes many health care professionals are not being properly recognized for their competency in headache medicine.

A preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016 shows women with migraine may be more likely to suffer a stroke. This is not the first time migraine and stroke have been linked. Earlier in 2016, a study was presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference and revealed that migraine with aura doubles an individual’s likelihood of an ischemic stroke.