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CHICAGO, February 22, 2000 - A new study - the American Migraine Study II – reports that patient treatment patterns have not kept pace with major scientific breakthroughs in the field. Unfortunately, despite a better understanding of the disease and medications designed specifically for the treatment of migraine, many patients continue to experience needless pain and disability. The study examines the state of migraine care over the past decade and shows the majority of patients report severe disability and the need for bedrest due to an inability to control their headache pain and associated migraine symptoms. The study reveals that the 48 percent of sufferers who have received a diagnosis from a doctor suffer to a similar degree as those who have never had their migraines diagnosed. This shows that effective control of migraine is dependent not only on diagnosis but on the treatment received once in the physician’s care.