Migraine headaches often affect one half of the head; they are pulsating in nature and last from 2 to 72 hours. Associated symptoms can, but do not always include nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light, increased sensitivity to sound and the pain is generally made worse by physical activity. Up to one-third of people with migraine headaches have an aura which is a transient visual, sensory, language, or motor disturbance which signals that the headache will soon occur. Occasionally an aura can occur with little or no headache following it.
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Migraines are believed to be due to a mixture of environmental, genetic factors and complications from some neurological diseases. Two-thirds of cases run in families. Hormone levels may also play a role, as migraines affect slightly more boys than girls before puberty, but about two to three times more women than men. Migraines decrease during pregnancy. The exact causes of migraines are not known. It is believed to be a neurovascular disorder. The primary theory is related to increased excitability of the cerebral cortex and abnormal control of pain neurons in the trigeminal nucleus of the brainstem.
Migraine Headaches rank in the top 20 of the world’s most disabling medical illnesses. Amazingly, over 10% of the population, including children, suffers from migraine headaches. Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with a migraine disorder. For some, they and not disabling, but for many, migraine headaches are extremely disabling and interfere with the ability to carry out day-to-day life.
Migraines also have triggers and these may include foods we eat, different types of stresses including emotional stress, lack of sleep and physical stress. Migraines are also triggered by pain in close by places, such as mechanical factors in the neck and spine, neck joint injury or arthritic disease, jaw pain such as TMJ, stresses on the eyes caused by straining vision and sinus pain.
Our Clinic provides Migraine Headache Therapy
The most effective treatment results when there is an effective partnership with the patient for Migraine Headaches. An effective partnership allows the treating doctor to address all causes and possible treatment of a patient’s migraine headache. Therapy can be optimized through a management program that encompasses behavioral treatments, physical therapy, diet modification, treatment of sleep and anxiety as well as medication management. Controlling migraine headaches involves two types of treatment, treating the pain of the migraine headaches when they happen, and stopping the triggers or factors that lead to migraines. Treating the pain when it happens allows you to live a normal life, but, preventative treatment the causes allows us to develop a life-long strategy to keep migraines from coming back, and, is the approach we prefer to take at ROI, through our coordinated team approach. We do this through education and correction of all triggers.