Headaches and Migraines

Examining, diagnosing, and treating headaches and migraines.



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Serious migraines and headaches cause severe throbbing or pulsating pain, most often on one side of the head. Migraine attacks can last for hours to days and interfere with your day-to-day activities. Serious headaches and migraines are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

Proper diagnosis by a neurologist, and proper treatment with medication, lifestyle changes, and self-help remedies can dramatically help those who frequently suffer from severe headaches and migraines.


Symptoms

Migraines and severe headaches can affect adults, as well as children and teenagers. Typically, migraines progress through four stages: prodrome (subtle changes the foretell an oncoming migraine attack), aura (visual phenomena, sensations, or weakness), attack (pain or throbbing), and finally the post-drome (where the patient may feel drained or confused).


Causes

Unfortunately, migraines and severe headaches aren't fully understood by science. Both environmental and genetic factors seem to play a role in an individual's susceptibility to migraines and severe headaches.

For some people, migraines can be triggered by:

  • Stree
  • Hormonal changes (for women)
  • Alcoholic or caffeinated drinks
  • Strong sensory stimuli, like bright flashing lights
  • Changes to sleep
  • Weather changes
  • Physical factors, like extreme physical exercise
  • Foods, such as some types of cheese or processed foods
  • Food additives, specifically aspartame and MSG



Schedule a Consultation with a Neurologist that Specializes in Headaches and Migraines

Are you or a loved one suffering from severe headaches or migraines? Your condition can be treated!

To schedule an appointment with one of our headache and migraine specialists, call us at (704) 335-3400. One of our knowledgeable team members will be happy to assist you.