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.

Symptoms

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

Treatment

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.