Chronic Migraine Severity Scale

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Information about Chronic Migraine Severity Scale
Health & Medicine

Published on March 16, 2009

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Chronic Migraine Severity Scale 0 25 50 75 100 Grade I Grade II Grade III Grade IV mild moderate severe very severe frequency impact analgesic comorbidity Anxiety Mood Sleep Bodily Pain Mario F.P. Peres 1, Marcelo E Bigal 2 1. IIEP, Albert Einstein Hospital, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil. 2. Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY, USA. CMSS ranges from 0 to 100 points, 0=no impact, 100= the highest impact. CMSS includes 4 impact categories, 0-25: mild, 26-50: moderate, 51-75: severe, 75-100: very severe. Frequency (0-30 days per month) scores one point for every headache day. Impact defined as a productivity loss higher than 50% in the day scores 0.5 for each affected day in the month. Analgesic use scores 0.5 for each day any analgesic was used. The comorbidity domain, comprising anxiety, mood-depression, bodily pain, and sleep quality each scores in a 0-10 subscale, in total 0-40. CMSS is potentially a useful clinical and research tool for evaluation and grading CM severity. CMSS could also be used in other chronic daily headaches. Different treatment strategies (hospitalization, outpatient treatment, non-pharmacological treatment, polytherapy) may be indicated based on the scale severity. Further studied are necessary for the scale improvement and validation. 30 15 10 10 10 15 10 This poster is available at The objective of this paper is to present the concept of a new scale for chronic migraine (CM), the chronic migraine severity scale (CMSS) Chronic migraine is a debilitating condition affecting 2 to 3% of the general population, and a common diagnosis in headache centers. It is one of the most difficult to treat headache disorders. Despite its impact, there is no specific scale to measure disability in CM. The scale is based on relevant aspects in the disorder. Several domains are included such as frequency, impact, analgesic consumption, psychiatric comorbidity (anxiety and mood), bodily pain and sleep quality.

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