Many people think that migraines are severe headaches that make you feel sick. However, migraines are neurological disorders that cause several symptoms, including:
Migraines can last between 4-72 hours and range in severity. You might not have the same symptoms or level of incapacitation as other patients.
Some patients experience a prodrome — symptoms such as visual disturbances like auras or halos or abnormal mood, fatigue, or food cravings that signal the beginning of a migraine attack.
There’s no straightforward answer to what causes migraines as everyone has unique triggers. Medical researchers have identified several factors that contribute to the abnormal neurological activity that triggers a migraine attack. For example, your hormones can play a significant role. Many women suffer from migraines at specific points during their menstrual cycle when their hormone levels shift.
Other factors that can contribute to migraines include:
Dr. Kaim provides comprehensive testing to assess your migraines and identify your triggers.
Following your consultation, exam, and testing, Dr. Kaim provides personalized treatment plans to alleviate your migraines. Depending on your needs, he might prescribe medication to prevent or relieve your migraines.
For example, anti-seizure medication, antidepressants, and blood pressure medications like beta-blockers and calcium channel blockers can prevent migraine attacks. Additionally, Botox® injections can block the abnormal nerve signals that trigger migraines. Dr. Kaim might also prescribe drugs like triptans and lasmiditan to alleviate migraine symptoms.
Dr. Kaim might also help you implement lifestyle changes to improve your wellness and reduce your risk of migraines. He might recommend that you follow a strict sleep routine to ensure that you get sufficient sleep or suggest that you adjust your diet to avoid foods that can trigger migraines. You should also make sure that you drink at least eight glasses of water every day to stay hydrated.
If you suffer from migraines and want customized neurological care, call Boris Kaim MD Neurology to make an appointment today.