What is a Migraine Headache?
A migraine headache is an intense headache that can become so severe that it can disrupt your day-to-day life. Migraine headaches can be very painful but also cause a surplus of other symptoms not associated with a general headache. Migraines can also be a chronic condition and can be due to other factors.
What are the symptoms of Migraine Headaches?
While the symptoms of migraine headaches vary depending on each individual, the most common signs and symptoms of a migraine headache include:
- Intense pain
- Throbbing or pulsing in one or multiple sides of the head
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Blind spots
While some people only experience a migraine headache once in a while, for others, migraine headaches can be debilitating.
What are the most common causes of Migraine Headaches?
The exact cause of migraine headaches is not fully understood. Many researchers believe that a migraine can be caused by a change in hormone levels in the brain.
Common triggers for Migraines include:
- Bright lights
- Lack of sleep / excessive sleep
- Foods containing aspartame or MSG
What treatments are available for Migraine Headaches?
Treatment for Migraine Headaches at New York Pain Care includes personalized treatment plans designed by our expert staff. In the treatment of migraines, a patient will be fully assessed and treatment will depend on the severity, frequency and other symptoms experienced.
Medications to help relieve pain may be recommended. Patients who experience frequent migraines may benefit from beta-blockers to reduce the frequency and severity of headaches. Keeping a migraine diary can also be helpful.
Acupuncture can also serve as an effective treatment for migraine headaches to reduce pain and frequency. Recent studies have shown lasting effects in the symptoms of patients with migraine headaches.
“A study of nearly 800 people showed that 11 acupuncture treatments over six weeks were at least as effective as the blood pressure drugs called beta-blockers -- often used for migraine prevention -- taken daily for six months” – Web MD
What do I do next?
The first step in treating your Migraine Headaches is to make an appointment to see a Pain Specialist and to learn your Migraine treatment options. At New York Pain Care we have doctors who specialize in the treatment of Migraines.
Call us at 212-604-1300 or request more information using the form above. At New York Pain Care our goal is to get you started on a personalized treatment plan to find relief.