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Grazzi L.,Neurological Institute Cbesta Irccs Foundation | Bussone G.,Neurological Institute Cbesta Irccs Foundation
Neurological Sciences | Year: 2011

Chronic headaches have increasingly become a focus within the field of head pain. Most of the patients with frequent headache eventually overuse their medications, and if it happens [the percentage is approximately 4%], the diagnosis of chronic migraine with medicationoveruse headache is clinically important, because patients rarely respond to preventive medications while overusing acute medications. This kind of headache is recognized as a biobehavioral disorder, a complex condition wherein emotion and pain are intermingled. Properly treating medication overuse with adequate strategies by different and specific steps are essential components for helping these patients to improve and for preventing relapses. The clinical experience performed at our Headache Unit, the necessity of withdrawal, different treatment schedules, and different treatment strategies of our center were discussed. © Springer-Verlag 2011.

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