Understanding and Managing Chronic Migraine: A Comprehensive Guide
Understanding and Managing Chronic Migraine: A Comprehensive Guide

Understanding and Managing Chronic Migraine: A Comprehensive Guide

By Abigail Hirsch, Phd
June 5, 2023
8 min. read


Living with chronic migraine can be a debilitating and overwhelming experience. The excruciating pain, coupled with its persistent nature, often disrupts daily routines, impairs productivity, and diminishes the quality of life for those affected. While there are various treatment options available, it is crucial to explore comprehensive approaches that address both the physical and psychological aspects of migraine. 

Understanding Chronic Migraine:

Chronic migraine is characterized by experiencing headaches on 15 or more days per month, with at least eight of those being migraines, for a duration of three months or more. Its impact can extend beyond the physical realm, affecting mental health, relationships, and overall well-being. Traditional treatment methods often focus solely on pharmaceutical interventions, neglecting the psychological factors that can exacerbate the condition.

Causes of Chronic Migraine:

Chronic migraine can stem from various factors, and understanding the underlying causes is essential for effective management. While the exact mechanisms are still being studied, researchers have identified several potential triggers. One common factor is a hypersensitivity of the nervous system, which leads to an overreaction to stimuli and an increased likelihood of migraine attacks. Additionally, hormonal imbalances, certain medications, sleep disturbances, and changes in weather patterns have been associated with chronic migraine. Emotional and psychological factors, such as chronic stress, anxiety, and depression, can also contribute to the development and persistence of migraines. 

A Behavioral and Brain-First Approach:

Lin Health's pain management program recognizes the intricate connection between the brain and chronic migraine, and seeks to address this relationship through a comprehensive treatment plan. By integrating clinically-proven strategies, Lin's program aims to alleviate the psychological factors associated with migraine and chronic pain, leading to long-term relief.

Individualized Coaching and Guidance:

One of the key features of Lin Health's program is the provision of individualized coaching and guidance. Recognizing that each individual's experience with chronic migraine is unique, Lin's team of experts tailors the treatment plan to meet the specific needs of each person. This personalized approach ensures that individuals receive the support they require to navigate their journey towards relief.

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How to Treat Chronic Migraine Pain:

To treat chronic migraine pain, we need to focus on the brain and how it processes pain signals. Here are some strategies that can help:

  1. Neuroscience: Scientists study how the brain and nervous system affect pain. By understanding this connection, we can find ways to manage pain better.
  2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT helps you change negative thoughts related to pain and develop better ways to cope with discomfort.
  3. Psychology: Understanding your mental and emotional state is important because it can affect how you experience pain.

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Lin's program combines different approaches to help you manage chronic migraine pain. It includes:

  • Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT): This therapy helps the brain "unlearn" its response to pain signals using visualization and changing how we think about pain.
  • Psychophysiologic Symptom Relief Therapy (PSRT): This therapy focuses on the connection between our emotions and physical pain. It teaches relaxation techniques and stress management.
  • Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET): This therapy helps you understand and express your emotions, which can help reduce physical pain.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT encourages you to accept your reactions, be present, choose a direction, and take action to deal with pain effectively.

By combining these different approaches, Lin's program offers a comprehensive way to manage chronic migraine pain and similar conditions. Remember, with the right guidance and support, you can overcome chronic migraine and live a fulfilling life.

Charlie Merrill / PT and clinical advisor
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