Although not a terminal condition, headaches are one of the top ten causes of years lived with disability worldwide. When migraine pain makes it difficult to get out of bed or limits your daily activities, it may be time to consider the benefits of Neurology expertise. The medical staff at Michigan Neurology Associates & PC, with offices serving the Metro Detroit area in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, Utica, and Westland, Michigan, offer comprehensive migraine care to reduce the severity of your pain and prevent or lessen migraine attacks in the future. Custom treatment plans may include lifestyle changes, dietary strategies, or other preventative strategies including Botox® injections or CGRP blockers to help you stay active and pain-free. Learn more about treatments for migraines by scheduling a consultation online or by phone today.
A migraine is a recurrent type of headache that can cause throbbing or pulsing pain, therefore, thought to be of vascular origin, usually on one side of your head. For some, the pain is so severe it becomes debilitating.
You may also experience increased sensitivity to light, sound and smells, in conjunction with the pain that makes it difficult to go about your usual routine. Nausea and vomiting are not uncommon.
Migraines may develop due to your genetic makeup and can be triggered by a variety of factors, such as:
While migraines also affect men, women may be at increased risk for developing frequent migraines due to hormonal changes, especially during pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.
You may also be at increased risk for migraines if you have close family members with the condition.
Due to the specific nature of migraine pain, the physicians at Michigan Neurology Associates & PC can often diagnose migraines based on the description of your symptoms.
To rule out other conditions that can cause headache pain, your physician may recommend blood work or imaging tests, such as a CT scan or MRI.
Initially, your Michigan Neurology Associates & PC physician may recommend lifestyle and dietary changes reduce stress and prevent the onset of migraines. However, if the pain is persistent and interferes with your job or personal life, you may need medication therapy. Medications can provide pain relief and help prevent migraines and other types of headaches from starting.
Several oral medications suppress these types of headaches. Other intranasal or injection drugs abort actual headaches if taken early enough.
Botox injections are an innovative treatment option for those who experience chronic migraines. Treatment involves an injection of medical toxins medications derived from the botulinum organism.
A whole new class of preventative medications is injectable CGRP antibodies that significantly suppress both episodic and chronic migraines.
Several focused nerve blocks are also available to both suppress or abort headaches via injections into the lessor/greater or third occipital nerves, or into involved tense or spasmed posterior neck musculature.
Another novel treatment option is MNA’s acute Headache Rescue Program whereby a refractory headache is aborted via IV administered drug combinations to avoid ER visits.
Don’t let migraine pain slow you down. Schedule a consultation at Michigan Neurology Associates & PC online or by phone today to learn more about all the migraine treatments available in modern comprehensive headache care.