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Migraine Headaches Clinical Trials

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Woman has a migraine attackDo you want to know why we conduct clinical trials for migraine headaches? This is a fairly common medical condition, but most people experience migraines that can be treated with stronger headache medications and secluding oneself to a dark room. Clinical trials, like the ones we conduct here in Birmingham, allow experts to test new treatments which could aid people suffering from repeat migraine headaches.

These types of headaches are much more severe than the average temple throbber. Migraine headaches can produce intense pulsing or throbbing sensations in a localized part of the head (such as the front temple). Common indications of a migraine headache include:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Extreme sensitivity to light and sounds

 (Here’s some more information on the symptoms associated with migraine headaches.)

Some Fast Facts on Migraine Headaches

  • It’s estimated that about 12 percent of the population (36 million Americans) suffer from migraines.
  • Women are three times as likely to suffer migraines than men (30 percent of women experience at least one migraine during their lives).
  • Migraine headaches usually last one day but can range from 4 hours to several days.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that migraines are one of the 20 most disabling medical conditions in the world.

When a migraine sets in, the symptoms of the attack can be so severe that the only thing a person can do is seclude themselves to a dark room and lie down for several hours. It’s also going to need to be a quiet area.

For some people, the attack can be preceded or accompanied by specific sensory warning indications (known as auras). These symptoms can include:

  • Blind spots
  • Flashes of light
  • Tingling sensations in your arm or leg

There are a variety of over-the-counter and stronger prescription medications that can be used to reduce the severity and frequency of a migraine headache. Unfortunately, these medications don’t always work for everyone. Talk to your doctor about this issue, because the most appropriate method of treatment might involve a combination of lifestyle changes and self-management strategies in addition to painkillers.

How do I Participate in a Migraine Clinical Trial?

Anyone who is interested in our migraine headache clinical trial should know that their level of participation does not have to be a very demanding experience. Participating in a clinical trial in Birmingham, AL may only require agreeing to let our researchers have a copy of your test results– most will require a little more involvement than that.

All participants will be compensated for time and travel, and any study related care. The following are all provided free of charge:

  • Physical examinations
  • Laboratory services
  • Study related medication

Read more posts about Migraine Headaches on the Achieve Clinical Blog.

Migraine Headaches Clinical Trials in Birmingham, AL

Achieve Clinical Research is currently conducting a wide array of clinical studies targeted towards certain conditions. You may be eligible to participate in one of our migraine clinical trials and contribute to the development and approval of a new drug or treatment. As a participant, there is no cost to you at any point during the study and health insurance is not required. Browse our clinical trials being conducted now to find the study best suited for you.

Some of the Common Triggers for Migraine Headaches: An Informational Video



Additional Resources for Migraine Sufferers

American Migraine Foundation


Headache and Migraine Center – WebMD

Migraine Research Foundation

If you live around Central Alabama, click here to learn more about participating in a migraine headache clinical trial. Also, our sister site Avail Clinical Research conducts migraine headache clinical trials in DeLand, Florida.