Migraine & Headache Treatment Specialist Q&A
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Headaches are often experienced to varying degrees of frequency and intensity with pain occurring in the head, face, or upper neck. Migraines usually occur with more painful and severe symptoms in the same area.
Migraines do fall under the umbrella of headache disorder, which covers a variety of nervous system conditions that produce head pain, but migraines are a chronic condition contrasted with an acute common headache. Almost everyone experiences a common headache at one point or another, but migraines can be debilitatingly painful.
Head pain is one of many conditions that can accompany a migraine. The head pain experienced during a migraine can last a brief period of time up to several days. Usually, the headache symptoms associated with migraines affect one side of the head but sometimes it affects both. There are four stages of a migraine though they do not all have to be present while experiencing a migraine.
Non-painful symptoms like sensitivity to light, mood changes, diarrhea, constipation, and food cravings may occur before the headache arrives in what is called the premonitory phase. Sensory sensations affecting vision, touch, or speech, occur during the aura phase which happens prior to the point of experiencing the migraine.
Symptoms of the aura phase include blind spots, flashing lights, and blurred vision. The headache phase comes afterward and can range in severity, in some cases the pain becomes so unbearable emergency treatment may be required. After the headache phase, an individual will typically feel fatigued, disoriented, and generally ill in what is called the postdrome phase.
The best way to prevent migraines is to see a migraine and headache treatment specialist. Treatment for migraines focuses not only on managing painful symptoms but they take preventative measures to reduce the risk of future migraines. There are also steps individuals can take at home to manage the risk of migraines.
There are lifestyle changes an individual can make that encourage overall wellness and health that reduce the risk of a migraine. Poor sleeping patterns could in fact heighten the risk of a migraine; therefore, ensuring an individual is getting a good night’s sleep can mitigate risks.
Missed meals can also increase susceptibility to migraines so a consistent and healthy eating schedule can be an effective measure, regular exercise is also important. Stress is highly correlated with the onset of headaches and migraines so managing stress to the best of one’s ability will keep them at lower risk of a migraine.
Sleep and overall health also help with lowering stress. If an individual does begin to experience the early symptoms of a migraine, they would do well to avoid loud noises and bright lights which are capable of triggering a migraine.
Migraine treatments have two primary functions which are to stop immediate symptoms and prevent future migraines. Migraine treatment is primarily medication based and utilizes pain-relieving medications that are taken in the midst of an attack to manage symptoms and preventative medications which are taken on a regular basis, often daily. This may help mitigate the frequency or severity of future migraines.
Depending on the nature of the individual’s experiences of migraines including the severity and frequency to which they are experienced and if they are accompanied by other symptoms like nausea and vomiting treatment will vary.
Express Healthcare offers walk-in urgent care so patients experiencing painful migraine and headache symptoms can receive same-day diagnosis and care for swift relief. Preventative treatment for migraines is also available to give patients better control of their condition. Reach out to us today through our website so that we can help you take control of your migraines and headaches. We serve patients from College Park MD, New Carrollton MD, Falls Church VA, Berwyn Height MD, Acredale MD, and Old Town MD.