Migraineurs have atypical brain processing of pain

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We know that people with migraine are hypersensitive and hypervigilant to painful stimuli. Unlike most adults, they are unable to inhibit pain sensation by shifting their attention away from the pain.

These observations have been confirmed in new studies that show that migraineurs have abnormal relationships between the cortical thickness of regions that participate in pain processing and pain thresholds. These findings indicate that along with use of medications, techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy may be useful by helping patients learn to distract or reorient their attention in the moment of pain.

This study by Todd Schwedt, MD, was presented at the 67th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Florin is committed to treating all patients compassionately with state-of-the-art techniques while maintaining their dignity and independence. He views each patient encounter as a collaboration. Dr Florin has over 35 years of experience. He is Adjunct Clinical Professor at Keck School of Medicine (USC) and is the founder and medical director of the Fullerton Neurology and Headache Center. He has been recognized by the Orange County Medical Association as a Physician of Excellence in Neurology. US News and World Report ranks him in the top 10% of neurologists nationwide.

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