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Migraine Headaches, Treated by Top Pain Management Doctors in Casa Grande, Chandler, Glendale, and Scottsdale



  • Overview

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    A headache describes pain arising from the upper neck or head. This pain does not come from nerves but from tissues and structures surrounding the brain, as the brain does not have nerves that give rise to the sensation of pain. When tissues and structures surrounding the brain become inflamed pain may result. A migraine headache involves and intense pulsing or throbbing sensation in one area of the head. Migraines can cause pain for a few hours to a few days.

    Facts

    • One of the most common sites of pain in the body is the head

    Types

    • Migraine headaches are considered a primary headache
  • Symptoms

    • Pain
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Extreme sensitivity to light and sound

    Migraine headaches may progress through four stages: prodrome, aura, headache (attack) and postdrome.

  • Diagnosis/Tests

    Diagnosis for migraines is based on personal and family history, a review of your symptoms, and a physical or neurological examination. If your condition is unusual, complex, or suddenly becomes severe, other tests may be ordered to rule out other possible causes for your pain. These tests may include:

    • Computerized tomography (CT scan)
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
    • Spinal tap
    • Blood Tests
  • Causes

    • Genetic factors
    • Environmental factors
    • Imbalance in serotonin levels

    Common triggers for migraines include:

    • Stress
    • Drinking i.e. alcohol, caffeine
    • Hormonal changes in women
    • Sleep changes
    • Environmental changes
  • Treatment Options & Care

    • Acupuncture
    • Over the counter pain medications
    • Prescription pain medications
    • Preventative medications i.e. antidepressants, anti-seizure drugs
    • Hot or cold compress