CHICAGO, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to news reports that Shawn
Southwick King, wife of CNN host, Larry King, is allegedly being treated
for medication use related to migraine, the National Headache Foundation
today issued the following statement.
Migraine is not a daily headache and the use of any acute medications
on a daily or near daily basis is not recommended.
Pain killers are not the optimal treatment for migraine. There are
migraine-specific medications known as the triptans (there are currently
seven on the market), which target the migraine mechanism. This type of
medication is taken at the first sign of the migraine. If migraines are
frequent or severe, prophylactic medication can be prescribed and is taken
daily whether or not a headache is present.
If headache impacts one's ability to perform at work, household chores
or leisure activities and/or impairs one's quality of life, it is
recommended that an appointment should be made with a healthcare
professional for headache diagnosis and treatment.
Migraine affects nearly 30 million Americans and seventy percent of
migraine sufferers are women. We encourage those who would like more
information on the symptoms and treatments for migraine and other headache
pain to visit www.headaches.org.
About The National Headache Foundation
The National Headache Foundation, founded in 1970, is a non-profit
organization which exists to enhance the healthcare of headache sufferers.
It is a source of help to sufferers' families, physicians who treat
headache sufferers, allied healthcare professionals and to the public. The
NHF accomplishes its mission by providing educational and informational
resources, supporting headache research and advocating for the
understanding of headache as a legitimate neurobiological disease. For more
information on headache causes and treatments, visit www.headaches.org or
call 1-888-NHF-5552 (M-F. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT).
Dr. Seymour Diamond, Executive Chairman, National Headache Foundation,
is the director and founder of the Diamond Headache Clinic and the director
of the Inpatient Headache Unit at Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. He is
also Adjunct Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at Chicago
Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and
Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Diamond has
served as editor for 16 publications. He serves as editor-in-chief of the
journal, Headache and Pain. Additionally, he has published more than 300
articles in professional literature and has authored or co-authored more
than 30 books. Dr. Diamond received his medical degree from the Chicago
Dr. Merle Diamond, Board of Directors, National Headache Foundation, is
Associate Director at the Diamond Headache Clinic and Clinical Assistant
Professor, Department of Medicine, at the Chicago Medical School at
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Diamond attended
Northwestern University, where she completed a residency program in both
Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. She is board certified in
internal medicine, and has been trained and practiced in emergency
medicine. Dr. Diamond is a recipient of the Subspecialty Certification for
Headache Medicine from the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.
CONTACT: Suzanne E. Simons Ketura Lispi
Executive Director Vox Medica
National Headache Foundation (215) 925-9901, ext. 1426
(312) 343-6479 firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE National Headache Foundation