18 doctors weighed in:
Is migraine curable?
18 doctors weighed in

6 doctors agree
In brief: No
It can be controlled.
Spontaneous remission can occur which may seem like cure.

In brief: No
It can be controlled.
Spontaneous remission can occur which may seem like cure.
Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
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Dr. Idan Sharon
Migraine is a treatable disorder; there are multiple prophylactic and acute treatment modalities.
Dr. Randolph Evans
Neurology
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
About 35 million people in the us have migraine per year but we have nothing that approaches a cure.
There are medications that may help to treat individual attacks and meds to prevent attacks when frequent. More money needs to be spent on research. The us federal government is only spending about $13 million/yr on migraine research. Contact your congressman!

In brief: No
About 35 million people in the us have migraine per year but we have nothing that approaches a cure.
There are medications that may help to treat individual attacks and meds to prevent attacks when frequent. More money needs to be spent on research. The us federal government is only spending about $13 million/yr on migraine research. Contact your congressman!
Dr. Randolph Evans
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Dr. Jason Hall
Not curable, but can be reduced with medications that can act to treat the acute attack or prevent further attacks. Botox (same stuff for wrinkles) is effective in eliminating some trigger points and treating migraines that are associated with them. If that works, surgical nerve decompression is a more permanent solution...it is not for everyone with migraines, though. Your neurologist should be able to help guide you to a plastic surgeon with expertise in these procedures for more information.
Dr. Osman Farooq
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Prevent them
There are certain foods and aspects of lifestyle that can trigger or worsen headaches and migraines.
The best way to identify triggers is to maintain a headache diary and keep a list of foods eaten before your migraine. Common triggers include chocolate, caffeine, cheese, msg, processed meats, alcohol, smoking/being around smoke, stress, skipping meals, lack of sleep or too much sleep.

In brief: Prevent them
There are certain foods and aspects of lifestyle that can trigger or worsen headaches and migraines.
The best way to identify triggers is to maintain a headache diary and keep a list of foods eaten before your migraine. Common triggers include chocolate, caffeine, cheese, msg, processed meats, alcohol, smoking/being around smoke, stress, skipping meals, lack of sleep or too much sleep.
Dr. Osman Farooq
Dr. Osman Farooq
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Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Probably not.
If you have "true" migraines, then the best anyone can achieve is control of the symptoms.
..Reduce the frequency and/or the intensity of the pain and symptoms. Since most headaches are not migraines, even though severe, there may be treatments available to help the pain further. Have your doctor look into your neck for possible answers.

In brief: Probably not.
If you have "true" migraines, then the best anyone can achieve is control of the symptoms.
..Reduce the frequency and/or the intensity of the pain and symptoms. Since most headaches are not migraines, even though severe, there may be treatments available to help the pain further. Have your doctor look into your neck for possible answers.
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
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Dr. Georgia Latham
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Migraines occur in people who are genetically predisposed.
Migraines can be treated with medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, tryptans, and ergotamines. Migraines can be prevented with several different medications with variable results in different individuals. There is currently no known cure for migraines. For more info, see: http://understandingmigraine.blogspot.com/

In brief: No
Migraines occur in people who are genetically predisposed.
Migraines can be treated with medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, tryptans, and ergotamines. Migraines can be prevented with several different medications with variable results in different individuals. There is currently no known cure for migraines. For more info, see: http://understandingmigraine.blogspot.com/
Dr. Georgia Latham
Dr. Georgia Latham
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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes it Can
Migraine surgery can lead to a cure in some patient.
It is an emerging field that has developed in the last 4 years. Unfortunately few physicians are aware of the remarkable success rate.

In brief: Yes it Can
Migraine surgery can lead to a cure in some patient.
It is an emerging field that has developed in the last 4 years. Unfortunately few physicians are aware of the remarkable success rate.
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
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Dr. Jason Hall
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
If you have a constellation of trigger points, and Botox injections cease your migraines, then you may be a candidate for nerve decompression surgery.
Cure rates in properly selected patients is nearly 50%, and 85-90% of patients will see a significant reduction in their symptoms. See a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in migraine surgery for more information.

In brief: Depends
If you have a constellation of trigger points, and Botox injections cease your migraines, then you may be a candidate for nerve decompression surgery.
Cure rates in properly selected patients is nearly 50%, and 85-90% of patients will see a significant reduction in their symptoms. See a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in migraine surgery for more information.
Dr. Jason Hall
Dr. Jason Hall
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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Vast improvements
Migraine surgery can lead to cure in some patients.
This is a new and emerging field. http://www.migrainereliefcenter.com.

In brief: Vast improvements
Migraine surgery can lead to cure in some patients.
This is a new and emerging field. http://www.migrainereliefcenter.com.
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
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