Recognising and managing migraine
Intended for healthcare professionals

Recognising and managing migraine

Lauren Elizabeth Palk Advanced nurse practitioner, neurology, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To update your knowledge of the ‘red flag’ migraine symptoms that could indicate a more serious condition

  • To familiarise yourself with the non-pharmacological and pharmacological management strategies available to treat migraine

  • To contribute towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Migraine is a common neurological disorder characterised by a severe, pulsating headache, sometimes accompanied with photophobia or phonophobia and nausea and/or vomiting. The symptoms of migraine can have a significant adverse effect on a person’s ability to undertake normal activities. Nurses have an important role in assisting patients in identifying migraine triggers and in supporting them to manage the symptoms of migraines through lifestyle changes and pharmacological treatments. This article describes different types of migraines and some differential diagnoses and ‘red flag’ symptoms that could indicate a more serious condition. The author also discusses non-pharmacological and pharmacological management strategies and treatments.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e12059

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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Palk LE (2023) Recognising and managing migraine. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e12059

Published online: 23 November 2023

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