Migraine/Headache

Synergy Medical -  - Internal Medicine Provider

Synergy Medical

Internal Medicine Providers & Primary Care Physicians located in Livonia, MI

Migraine headaches not only cause pain, they can also leave you wondering when your next migraine will steal hours or days from your life. Hetal Gandhi, MD, and the staff at Synergy Medical in Livonia, Michigan, help patients live a full life despite their chronic illnesses. Call today or make an appointment online.

Migraine/Headache Q & A

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What is a migraine headache?

A migraine is a particular type of headache that involves a severe throbbing pain at the temples, front or back of the head, or both sides of the head. Unlike other headaches, migraines also include additional symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light or noise.

Some migraine sufferers also see an “aura,” or wavy or jagged lines, dots, or flashing lights, prior to the onset of the headache. Untreated, a migraine can last 4-72 hours. The frequency of migraines varies from person to person.

What causes migraine headaches?

The exact cause of migraine headaches is not completely understood. However, an imbalance in brain chemistry seems to play a key role, as do genetics, changes in the brain stem, and environmental factors.

Each migraine sufferer unlocks the key to their migraine by identifying their triggers and risk factors. Triggers may include:

  • Stress
  • Bright lights
  • Loud sounds
  • Strong smells
  • Changes in wake-sleep patterns
  • Changes in weather or barometric pressure
  • Hormonal changes (for women)
  • Foods like aged cheeses and salty or processed foods
  • Food additives like aspartame and MSG
  • Alcohol and highly caffeinated drinks

Is there a cure for migraine headaches?

Currently, there is no cure for migraines. However, Dr. Gandhi works with you to develop a treatment plan to address your particular symptoms and to prevent future episodes.

Migraine treatments can include:

  • Pain-relieving medications to stop symptoms; taken during migraine attacks
  • Anti-nausea medications in combination with other medications
  • Preventive medications

Treatments for migraines are evolving as research continues. In recent years, BotoxⓇ injections and anti-seizure medications have been used as preventive measures to reduce the frequency of migraines. You may be a candidate for preventive medications if you suffer from frequent or severe migraines. Criteria include:

  • Having four or more debilitating migraines a month
  • Migraines lasting more than 12 hours
  • Pain-relieving medications aren't working
  • Experiencing a prolonged aura or numbness and weakness

Dr. Gandhi and the staff at Synergy Medical want to help you cope with your migraines. Call or book your appointment online today.