Robbins Headache Clinic

Lawrence Robbins, M.D.
Brooke Bassett

For more than 25 years, headache sufferers in the Chicago area have found relief from their pain, thanks to our cutting-edge treatment based on the latest advancements in the field. Dr. Larry Robbins, M.D., and Nurse Practitioner Brooke Phenicie, NP-C, use a comprehensive combination of remedies for migraines, tension headaches and cluster headaches. To start your individualized treatment plan, call and make an appointment.

60 Revere Drive, Suite 330
Northbrook, IL 60062

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Lower Back Pain and Acetaminophen

Medical guidelines around the world recommend acetaminophen as a first-line treatment for adults with lower back pain. Acetaminophen is sold under brand names including Tylenol, Panadol and Anacin. Recently, a large trial has found that acetaminophen works no better than placebo for lower back pain. “Our result illustrates the problems in relying on that indirect […]


“A Headbanger’s Headache”

Dancing at a heavy-metal rock concert might not be so good for your health. Check out this story recently published in the New York Times….. German doctors recently described the case of a 50-year-old man who came to the hospital after two weeks with a constant and worsening headache. His whole head hurt, but he […]


Difficult To Treat (Refractory) Headaches: Outside of Medication

The headache sufferer should not rely solely on medicine. Other than medication, it is crucial to avoid caffeine overuse, try to limit “as needed” medications (so as to avoid medication overuse headache (MOH)), and manage the headache triggers (missing meals, bright lights, sleep, etc.). We push “active coping,” through exercise, physical therapy, yoga, psychotherapy, etc. […]


Letter: Re: “States and Painkiller Overdoses”

The following letter by Dr. Robbins has been accepted by the New York Times Editorial board in response to “States and Painkiller Overdoses”, (NYT Editorial, July 3) …. Painkiller abuse is a problem, but chronic pain ruins many lives. The millions of pain sufferers use a variety of treatment approaches. However, for many patients only […]


Advice From Fellow Migraineurs

Katie Golden, a blogger at recently asked fellow patient advocates what their best advice would be to any and all migraineurs. Here are some of their suggestions….. *  Find an understanding therapist to help you cope with all the stressors that migraine brings. Seeing a therapist doesn’t mean you are “crazy” or that migraine […]


Headache, Depression and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

A new study was just presented at the American Headache Society (AHS) 56th Annual Scientific Meeting highlighting the interconnection between headache, depression and mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). The researchers found that a year after suffering a mild TBI, patients with headache were about 5 times more likely to be depressed than patients with mild […]



    • in an analysis of clinical trials, the most commonly prescribed group of migraine drugs failed to relieve headaches in 24% to 68% of attacks
    • The review found that all marketed tripants provided significant relief and/or absence of pain at 1 and 2 hours when compared with placebo. however, the analysis also showed that 24% to 68% of migranes failed to respond to these medications.