Health — 22 October 2013

By Richard Lenti

As anyone who has ever suffered from migraines can tell you, the pain in unbearable and they will do almost anything to make it go away. But some medications designed to alleviate the suffering may be doing more harm than good.

Speaking at the Congress of the European Pain Federation in Florence, Italy, Professor Paolo Martelletti – one of the world’s foremost experts on headaches — said the high frequency of medication overuse is a common problem associated with migraine treatment.

“Between 50 and 80% of chronic migraine patients seen in headache clinics overuse acute medications. Although these drugs provide relief from the pain and other symptoms associated with migraine, overuse can actually make headaches worse,” said Martelletti, who is President of the Italian League of Headache Sufferers and a Professor of Internal Medicine at the School of Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome.

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Richard Lenti

Richard Lenti has worked as a news writer for the last 20 years at various television stations in Los Angeles. He is a Golden Mike winner and a graduate of California State University, Fresno. With roots in print journalism, Richard is excited to be “published” once again; having people read his work as opposed to having it read to them. As a freelance writer his work has appeared in the Easy Reader, L.A. Jazz Scene, Irrigation and Green Industry, and the KCAL 9 Online website.

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