Migraines are commonly misunderstood as headaches, but the truth is that they’re a combination of neurological symptoms including sharp pain, sensory disturbances including sight and touch, and recurring pain on one or both sides of the head. They last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours and can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
Even though the exact cause of migraines is unknown, we will evaluate your triggers to understand what might be causing your migraines.
Some common causes of migraines include:
Hormonal changes in women (pregnancy, menopause)
Certain foods and drinks (High-sodium, aged cheeses, alcohol, etc.)
Sensory stimulation (bright lights, loud noises, etc.)
Physical exertion (sports, sex, etc.)
Some people are more prone to develop migraines than others. Migraines disproportionately affect women, making up 85% of chronic migraine-sufferers in the United States.
Sadly, it’s not just adults; migraines can affect children too. About 10% of children suffer from migraines. It’s believed that genetics play a factor, so if your family has a history of migraines, you may be at risk.
Migraines may happen several times a week or once every couple of years. They can be so severe that they interfere with your ability to work and carry on normal activities.
At Comprehensive Pain Consultants, we evaluate you and perform a thorough physical exam. We discuss your symptoms with you to develop an understanding of what might be triggering your migraine attacks.
Treatment could include lifestyle modifications, like avoiding certain foods or activities, and then monitoring your progress. In some cases, your migraines may be treated with Botox injections.
With the proper diagnosis, we’ll be able to take the appropriate steps in relieving your pain. Don’t let migraines go undiagnosed and untreated.
Call or schedule an appointment online today to stop your migraine pain once and for all.