Migraines of short or long duration that happen a lot can have a big impact on your ability to do everyday things and make your life less enjoyable.
Having pain in any part of the head is called a headache. Often, a headache that is bothering you isn’t dangerous and will go away on its own. Severe headaches that last for a short or long time and have a big impact on your ability to do everyday things and your quality of life can often be controlled or eliminated with the right treatment.
At our gilbert, AZ clinic, we can treat headaches that are caused by musculoskeletal problems or a lot of other things. Tension-type, migraine and cluster headaches, as well as secondary headaches caused by fever or an infectious disease, cranial neuralgias, and facial pain are just some of the different types of headaches.
Our office is here to help you find out if your headaches can be treated without the use of drugs or medications.
What are the causes of Migraines?
Migraine is still a mystery to scientists, with no known etiology. The illness is still attributed to “abnormal” brain activity, which alters nerve transmission, neurotransmitters, and blood vessels in the brain, according to this group’s theory.
In addition, there are several migraine triggers that are frequently mentioned, such as:
- bright lights
- severe heat, or other extremes in weather
- changes in barometric pressure
- hormone changes in people assigned female at birth, like estrogen and progesterone fluctuations during menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause
- excess stress
- loud sounds
- intense physical activity
- skipping meals
- changes in sleep patterns
- use of certain medications, like oral contraceptives or nitroglycerin
- unusual smells
- certain foods
- alcohol use
How are migraines treated by our doctor?
Although migraine is not a disease that can be cured, our doctor at our clinic can help you manage your symptoms by providing you with medication and other resources that may lead to fewer migraines in the future. Migraine sufferers can also benefit from treatment.
Your treatment plan may vary based on:
- your age
- how frequently you suffer from migraines
- the type and severity of your migraines
- including whether or not you are unable to attend school or work due to discomfort, nausea, or vomiting
- other symptoms you may be experiencing or medications you are currently on.
The following are possible components of your treatment plan:
- lifestyle adjustments, including stress management and avoiding migraine triggers
- OTC pain or migraine medications, like Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- prescription migraine medications that you take every day to help prevent migraine headaches and reduce how often you have headaches
- prescription migraine medications that you take as soon as an attack starts to keep it from becoming severe and to ease symptoms
- prescription medications to help with nausea or vomiting
- hormone therapy if migraines seem to occur in relation to your menstrual cycle
- alternative care, which may include meditation, acupressure, or acupuncture
I suffer headaches, when should I go to a doctor?