Migraine


 

MIGRAINE

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If you have frequent headaches or migraines, you may need specialized diagnostic studies and treatment plans to help you find relief. The physicians at Spinetech, located in Beaumont, Conroe, Nederland, and Houston, Texas, are headache specialists who can help determine the underlying causes and triggers of your head pain, and develop a personalized plan of care. For a consultation with their multidisciplinary headache center, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online.

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WHAT ARE HEADACHES OR MIGRAINES?

Around 40 million people in the United States suffer from severe headaches or migraines. Headaches are characterized by pain anywhere in the head, and range in severity from mild to debilitating. Migraines are usually severe, one-sided headaches that last for an extended amount of time, from several hours to several days, and are often marked by a host of other crippling symptoms, including nausea and hypersensitivity.

There are several types of headaches, including:

  • Sinus headaches
  • Tension headaches
  • Rebound headaches
  • Cervicogenic cluster headaches (originating in the spine or neck)
  • Autonomic cephalalgias (originating in nerves)

These kinds of headaches require diagnosis, care, and treatment under the direction of a headache neurologist. The headache specialists at Spinetech use neurological examination, detailed health history, physical therapy, sleep studies, and diagnostic studies to properly diagnose and treat your head pain.

Diagnostic studies may include CT, MRI, sleep studies, blood tests, or lumbar puncture. Many of these can be done right in the office.

WHAT CAUSES HEADACHES OR MIGRAINES?

Symptoms associated with headaches or migraines may be caused by abnormalities in the brain, neck, or arteries, or may be the result of problems outside the head and neck.

Possible causes of headaches or migraines are:

  • Chemical or hormonal imbalance
  • Lack or bad quality of sleep
  • Food intolerances
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Environmental factors
  • Medications
  • Sensory stimuli
  • Physical activity

You may also have underlying medical problems, such as hypertension, or specific triggers that cause or worsen your head pain, such as certain smells or activities.

WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF HEADACHES OR MIGRAINES?

The qualities of your headaches may depend on the underlying causes of your head pain. Your pain may be general or localized, sharp or dull, have a sudden onset, or gradually worsen.

Aside from head pain, you may have other symptoms associated with your headache or migraine, including:

  • Sensitivity to light, smells, or sound
  • Sensitivity to light, smells, or sound
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Seizures
  • Extremity weakness
  • Personality changes
  • Vision disturbances
  • Vomiting
  • Pain with strain, cough, or sneeze

Your personalized headache treatment plan is determined by the root cause, triggers, your medical history, and associated symptoms. Your age, medical history, and preferences for treatment also help to create a long-term plan for relief and prevention.

91%

miss work or can’t function normally during migraine attack

>70%

have a family history of migraine

52 MIL

ER visits each year due to headaches

 

98%

take medications for temporary headache relief

 

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