Over 38 million people in America suffer from migraines that affect their quality of life, forcing them to miss work, or resulting in difficulty functioning during a migraine attack. At Westchester Neurological Consultants in Yonkers, New York, highly trained neurologist Emad Soliman, MD, MSc, and his exceptional team provide accurate diagnosis and treatment for debilitating migraine headaches. For state-of-the-art treatments and a compassionate staff who takes the time to discuss and assess your symptoms, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Although the exact cause of migraines isn’t known, genetics, environmental factors, or structural problems in your neck may be contributing causes of migraine pain and the associated symptoms. Generally, something triggers the onset of your migraine pain, such as:
You may have a higher risk of developing migraines if you have a family member who also suffers from migraine headaches. And, women are three times as likely to experience migraines than men, especially after puberty.
Generally, headache pain is occasional and comes without the side effects of migraines. If you experience migraines on a regular basis, you most likely also endure one or more of the following accompanying symptoms:
Each person experiences migraines differently, so you may have several of these accompanying symptoms, or you may be able to sense when one is coming on. Another sign of a migraine is that pain usually doesn’t respond to over-the-counter pain-relieving drugs.
If you suffer from regularly occurring migraine headaches, you may find relief from both preventive medications and acute remedies. With preventive medicines, the goal is to reduce the number of migraines you experience, while acute medications relieve symptoms as they’re happening. Many people get relief taking medications that were originally developed for epilepsy and depression as part of a preventive routine.
Additionally, taking medications to relieve pain and restore function during a migraine attack, along with stress management, may help reduce the severity of your migraine. Dr. Soliman and the team sometimes use Botox® to treat migraines, as well.
Botox is FDA-approved to treat chronic migraines in men and women who experience headache pain 15 days or more each month. With several treatments, Botox blocks the receptors in nerve endings so they don’t activate pain networks in your brain.
For a comprehensive exam and a customized treatment plan to relieve all of your migraine symptoms, call Westchester Neurological Consultants or schedule an appointment online today.