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Ophthalmoplegic Migraine

Alternate Names : Ocular Migraine

Ophthalmoplegic Migraine | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Following are some of the medicines used to relieve the symptoms of migraine:

  • barbiturate combinations, such as butalbital with caffeine and acetaminophen
  • ergot alkaloids and derivatives, such as ergotamine
  • isometheptene agents
  • narcotic analgesics, such as codeine and butorphanol
  • pain medicines, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen
  • triptans or serotonin, or 5HT-1, receptor agonists, such as sumatriptan succinate
  • Alternative and complementary therapies for migraine include:

  • acupuncture, a therapy used to relieve pain by putting thin needles into certain parts of the body
  • aromatherapy, which uses oils to stimulate pleasant sensations and relieve stress
  • biofeedback, a process in which a person is taught how to relax when the body starts to show the signs of a headache
  • chiropractic, which involves manipulation of the spinal bones
  • cognitive-behavioral therapy, which helps a person change perceptions and behaviors related to the headache
  • exercise
  • herbal remedies
  • hypnosis, which uses suggestion to affect the person's subconscious
  • relaxation training, which reduces stress and eases emotional strain
  • stress management
  • transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, which relieves pain by stimulating nerves
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Medicines used to treat migraine may cause drowsiness, allergic reactions, or rebound headache. Rebound headaches are caused by regular use of pain medicines.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    After treatment, the first symptoms of ophthalmoplegic migraine may subside. People sometimes report feeling tired after coping with migraine symptoms.

    How is the condition monitored?

    Ophthalmoplegic migraines are monitored with ongoing vision tests. These are used to rule out any other type of eye disease. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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    Author: Terry Mason, MPH
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/01/01

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