National Emergency Medicine Assoc. (NEMA)



a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

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Week: 609.5

Guest: Dr. C. Phillip O’Carroll, Neurologist, migraine specialist

Topic: Migraines

Host/Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: Migraine anyone?...coming up....

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NEMA: If you don’t suffer from migraine headaches, you may not know... luckily... what you’re missing. This is neurologist Dr. C. Phillip O’Carroll of Newport Beach California...

O’CARROLL: It’s probably the oldest medical condition ever described, I think the first mention of it is about 8 thousand years ago, in some ancient codec. And it is a biologic disorder, and it leaves the sufferer not only with a violent headache, but with nausea, vomiting, and in many cases, an inability to function. And they say there’s perhaps 26 to 30 million Americans who suffer from this disorder.

NEMA: But what causes migraine?

O’CARROLL: You inherit a genetic tendency. But, You need the trigger, you need the the form of fluctuations in hormones for the women, Stress and one’s environment...sometimes just strong smells - perfumes, strong lights, going up into altitude, certain foods...all can be the match that activates the dynamite. And the end result is that you’re left with the blood vessels of the head swollen, dilated, and extraordinarily painful.

NEMA: A new form of the prescription medicine Imatrex comes as a nasal spray...check with your doctor for side effects. I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.