Letitia Muresan

Migraine Treatments

Migraine is a condition of the blood vessels and nerves in the brain. When an attack is triggered, the so-called “migraine generator” in the brain is activated. This leads to dilation of the blood vessels and inflammation of the nerves in the brain. In turn, it’s these nerves (trigeminal nerve) which causes the pain and other symptoms experienced during an attack.

Triggers do not themselves cause a migraine, but rather, they turn on the central switch to initiate the process. Many migraine patients are unusually sensitive to both internal (inside the body) and external (outside the body) changes. A variety of factors can trigger a migraine.

Common migraine triggers include: hormones (menstruation, ovulation, Hormone Replacement Therapy); diet (alcohol, chocolate, aged cheeses, monosodium glutamate, aspartame, caffeine, nuts, nitrates, nitrites, citrus and under-consumption of meats/proteins); environment and lifestyle changes (weather, seasons, travel, altitude, schedule changes, sleeping patterns); sensory stimuli (strong light, flickering light, odors), and other stressors including intense activity and loss (death, separation, divorce, relationship problems, job loss).

Unlike most neurologists, Dr. Muresan treats children and teenagers as well as adults. Her treatment plan puts emphasis on “prise en charge” with a comprehensive review of diagnosis treatments, both acute and preventive.

All patients, especially children, must be referred by a GP and/ or pediatrician. She offers full diagnosis and treatment plans for migraine sufferers.

Memory Clinic

Remember: you're not alone. There is a network of people out there ready and eager to help meet your needs, whatever they may be. Your doctor understands what you're going through, and they're equipped to answer any questions or concerns you have. 

Caring for someone who suffers from Alzheimer's disease is challenging, and demands considerable time, patience, and sometimes, money. Rest assured, however, that the burden of care does not affect the ability to provide care – even when it comes to caring for yourself.

Dr. Muresan can assess referred patients for short-term memory loss with the help of a fully-trained nurse. Patients will undertake a full examination, including Mini-Mental examination and MoCA (The Montreal Cognitive Assessment). Once you discuss the diagnosis plan and come to a mutual set of expectations, Dr. Muresan can then prescribe the appropriate medication, with follow-ups every six months (or yearly if conditions stabilize).

The best thing you can do, for everyone, is to take good care of yourself. Ask for help if you need it, and talk to other people who have faced similar experiences with family members. Seek information from caregivers and health care professionals charged with the person's care, and establish a solid relationship with their pharmacist and/or doctor. Finally, educate yourself so that you and the person in your care are getting the proper resources.

And of course, don't be afraid to turn to your family and friends for support. The Alzheimer's Society of Canada has local offices that can help people living with Alzheimer's disease. To find more information or the one closest to you, visit their website at www.alzheimer.ca.