What is a migraine headache, and how is it treated?
Migraine headaches are a unique form of headache that can cause intense throbbing pain or a throbbing sensation in the head, usually on one side only.
It is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light or noise.
Migraine episodes can be very painful for hours or days and can be so intense that they cause disabling pain.
Warning symptoms, known as an aura, can appear before or with the headache. These include seeing flashing lights, having blind spots, or feeling tingling in one part of the face, arm, or leg.
In general, migraines begin in childhood, adolescence, or the beginning of adulthood.
Migraines can worsen in four stages: prodrome, aura, headache, and poster, although it is possible that a person does not go through all the stages.
At OrthoNeuro, our Board Certified Neurologists are experts in treating migraines as well as the underlying conditions that cause them and have helped thousands of patients with chronic migraines.
Migraines usually last between 4 and 72 hours if they are not treated. The frequency with which migraines appear varies by person and can be rare or appear several times a month.
During a migraine, you may feel the following:
There are several factors that can trigger migraines, such as the following:
If you suffer signs and symptoms of migraine attacks regularly, keep a record of the episodes and how you treated them so you can review them with an OrthoNeuro Neurologist.
Even if you have a history of headaches, consult an OrthoNeuro Neurologist if the pattern changes or if the headaches suddenly cause other symptoms.
Based on the frequency and severity of your migraines, your OrthoNeuro Neurologist may recommend several options for lifestyle changes to help avoid migraine triggers.
If you have been suffering the symptoms of chronic migraine, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic Neurologists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus.
We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of treatment is best for you. Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.
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