Migraines

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WolMed

Pain Management Specialists located in Dallas, TX & Denton, TX

Migraines Specialist
While virtually everyone has experienced at least one major headache, many people are affected by frequent headaches. Roughly 30 million adults in the United States deal with chronic migraines, or recurring headaches that are known for their severe, throbbing pain. The pain management experts at WolMed treat chronic headaches of all kinds, including migraines. If you’re in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, and you’re ready to find migraine relief, call or request your appointment online at one of their convenient locations in Dallas or Denton, Texas.

Migraines Q & A

What causes migraines?

Most migraines are caused by some type of problem with the pain-sensitive structures in your head, including the nerves, blood vessels, or muscles around your skull, or the chemical activity within your brain.

Although experts don’t completely understand precisely what prompts a reaction in the pain-sensitive structures in your head, a variety of potential triggers are associated with migraines, including:

  • Increased stress or fatigue
  • Shifts in sleep patterns
  • Environmental or seasonal changes
  • Sensory stimuli, including bright lights or strong scents
  • Certain foods and additives, including aged cheeses and MSG
  • Alcohol, especially red wine
  • Female hormonal changes

What are the symptoms of a migraine?

Migraines usually cause a severe pulsing sensation on one side of the head, and they’re often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can last for a few hours or several days. People who have these debilitating headaches often find that they interfere with daily life.

Most migraines progress through four distinct stages, but you may not experience each one every time.

Prodrome

The first stage, which occurs about a day before a migraine strikes, may include subtle bodily changes that signal an impending attack, such as neck stiffness.

Aura

This stage can occur before or during a migraine. It includes visual disturbances, such as seeing bright spots or flashes of light, and may also include a temporary loss of vision, facial weakness, or a pins-and-needles sensation in a limb.

Attack

The migraine itself can last anywhere from four to 72 hours, causing pain on one or both sides of your head, blurred vision, lightheadedness, sensitivity to light and sound, and nausea or vomiting.

Post-drome

In the final stage, you may experience weakness, moodiness, dizziness, or confusion.  

What are post-traumatic migraines?

If you started having migraines after sustaining a head injury, you may be experiencing post-traumatic headache (PTH) disorder. PTH isn’t only an effect of severe brain trauma; it’s just as likely to occur after mild and moderate brain injuries, too.

Persistent PTH is post-traumatic headaches that don’t completely subside within three months, is more likely to affect patients who have a history of chronic headaches or those with a family history of migraines.

If you suffer from Migraines, call or request an appointment online today!

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