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