Do you have frequent headaches, so severe that they interfere with your work, school or other activities?1 Do you often take medications for your headaches?
If so, you may have chronic migraine and should talk to a specialist about your symptoms. Chronic migraine is a medical condition defined by 15 headache days per month, with each headache lasting four hours or more, and at least eight of those headache days being associated with migraine.2
Fortunately, the new ID-Chronic Migraine (ID-CM) screening tool is now available to help you communicate your headache symptoms and the impact these symptoms have on your daily life. Created by a team of headache experts, the chronic migraine screening tool asks questions about headache frequency, headache symptoms, medication use and more.3
After you complete the questionnaire, bring it to your health care professional to help guide your conversation. Once your health care professional determines whether you have chronic migraine, you can then begin a discussion about what treatment options are available to you.
To learn more about chronic migraine and to access the ID-CM screening tool, visit www.HealthyWomen.org/ChronicMigraineCenter. To find a headache specialist, check out the "Find a Specialist Tool" at www.MyChronicMigraine.com.
This article was created with the support of Allergan.
1 Bigal ME, Serrano D, Reed M, Lipton RB. Chronic migraine in the population: burden, diagnosis, and satisfaction with treatment. Neurology. 2008;71(8):559-566.
2 Classification of Headache Disorders: 2nd edition. Cephalalgia. 2004;24(suppl 1):9-160.
3 Data on File, Allergan, Inc, 2014; Development and Validation of the ID-CM Screening Tool.