Not All Headaches Are Migraines! A Practical Approach to Cranial Neuralgias, Unilateral, and Medication Overuse Headaches (303)

9:15–10:15 am Saturday, April 28

Not all unilateral headaches are migraine. Correct treatment depends on correct diagnosis. This session focuses on the diagnostic approach to unilateral headache and an evidence based treatment approach to non-migrainous unilateral headaches including cranial neuralgias. The challenge of successful management of medication overuse headache will also be addressed.

A Practical Approach to Cranial Neuralgias

James C. Watson, MD

Non-Migrainous Unilateral Headache

Alexander Feoktistov, MD PhD

Successful Management of Medication Overuse Headache

Zahid H. Bajwa, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the diagnostic approach to unilateral headaches and an evidence-based pharmacologic and interventional treatment approach to non-migrainous unilateral headache.
  • Identify the pathophysiology and classification of trigeminal neuralgia and other facial pain conditions.
  • Describe an evidence based algorithmic approach to the treatment options for patients with trigeminal neuralgia: pharmacological, interventional, and surgical.
  • Recognize the causes of chronic daily headache, with an emphasis on medication overuse, and an evidence based pharmacologic and behavioral approach to treatment.