A migraine is a headache that produces severe throbbing or pounding, usually on one side of your head. Migraines last anywhere from a few hours to several days, and can also be accompanied by nausea and vomiting, as well as sensitivity to light and sound.
A migraine sometimes involves much more than a headache. When that happens, four phases may occur:
This is the period leading up to a migraine, when symptoms may start to develop, such as:
Auras are disturbances in your vision, which occur when a migraine affects the visual region of your brain. This aspect of a migraine is by no means universal; most people have migraines without auras.
This phase of a migraine describes the period where a headache is present. This stage is typically marked by:
After a migraine attack, you may experience something similar to a hangover. It includes:
Migraines have no known cause, but research suggests that genetics and environment may contribute to their development.
Every person is unique, especially when it comes to the frequency and severity of migraines, but there are commonalities when it comes to triggers, which include:
While these are the most common triggers among migraine sufferers, the list is by no means comprehensive. Everything from specific stimuli to changes in the environment can trigger migraines.
To treat your migraines, Dr. Pajel-Sio uses several tools and techniques to both prevent their occurrence and minimize their effects. These include:
Using a multi-pronged approach, Dr. Pajel-Sio successfully helps her patients avoid and manage debilitating migraine headaches. To find out how she can help you, call or book an appointment online.
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