Refractory Chronic Migraine
A refractory chronic migraine will not respond to medications, Botox® and other therapies. Like other migraines, refractory chronic migraines can cause nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. The board-certified plastic surgeons at The University of Kansas Health System offer effective, surgical treatment for refractory chronic migraines.
The symptoms of a refractory chronic migraine are similar to other types of migraines, but they persist even after treatment. People with refractory chronic migraines experience at least 2 of the following symptoms:
- Severe pain
- Headaches lasting longer than 4 hours
- Pulsating or throbbing sensation
- Avoidance of daily activities
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Intolerance of light and/or sound
- Headache as the result of a traumatic event
If other forms of therapy do not provide relief, minimally invasive surgery is an option for refractory chronic migraines. This treatment significantly reduces migraine symptoms and offers long-term relief for many people with refractory chronic migraines.