LOS ANGELES, June 30 — Sleeping well, plus behavioral modification techniques, may be a start toward relieving the chronic, daily headaches called transformed migraine, researchers said here.
These approaches may allow a significant proportion of patients with transformed migraine to reduce their headache severity and even revert to a less frequent category of migraine called episodic migraines, said neurologist Anne Calhoun, M.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"Non-restorative sleep may be involved in the migraine's transformation process," she reported in an oral presentation at the American Headache Society meeting.
The study included 43 women with transformed migraine treated at a single center. They were randomized to usual medical care with behavioral sleep modification or usual medical care plus sham behavioral instructions. All sleep medications were discontinued during the study.