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DENVER -- People who get migraine headaches describe them as one of the worst things imaginable.

Doctors say women are more likely to develop migraines, keeping many from going to work and making it difficult to carry out everyday duties.

“What separates the men and women is hormones," said Dr. Michael Ament of the Ament Headache Center in Cherry Creek.  "Somewhere around when women first enter puberty there's a big shift in the percentages we see -- about three times as many women with migraines.”

Abigail Gould Levine said intense headaches make just getting through the day miserable.

“I've had problems with my vision and with hearing. I would get ringing in my ears,” Levine said.

She's found success in relaxing the muscles that cause her headaches with botox injections. Discovered last year, botox injections don't eliminate headaches, but they can lower their severity.

Hundreds of women in Colorado are on prescribed medication for migraines, but some can't tolerate the medication or botox.

The migraine patch, newly approved by the FDA, may be the answer.

Doctors say the patch bypasses the stomach altogether by delivering medication through the skin.

Ament said this patch is different from traditional pain patches.

"The battery pack along with the computer chip allows the medication to be literally driven through the skin,” Ament said.

For more information you can visit www.amentheadachecenter.com.  For headaches caused by dental problems like teeth grinding  you can learn more at http://www.tmjheadaches.com.

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