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Migraines affect 12% of Americans, including children, causing excruciating headache pain and nausea. If you experience migraines and need treatment, it’s time to meet with the neurology team at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care. With today’s advanced medications and treatments like Botox® and neurostimulation, they can help you get significant relief from your symptoms and reduce the frequency of future migraines. Don’t keep struggling through migraines; call the office in White Plains, New York, or book an appointment online to learn about your treatment options. Telemedicine visits are an option.

Migraines Q & A

Migraines are one of the most painful headaches you can experience. They begin when something triggers a nerve in your head. The nerve sends a burst of electrical activity into your brain that causes a cascade of events, affecting blood vessels and nerves. The result is an agonizing migraine.

Many things can trigger a migraine. However, the most common include:

  • Stress (70% of people report stress is a trigger)
  • Lack of sleep or an irregular sleep schedule
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Changes in the weather
  • Dehydration
  • Light
  • Strong odors
  • Certain foods

The foods most likely to trigger a migraine include chocolate, cheese, artificial sweeteners, and caffeine. Foods containing the additive monosodium glutamate (MSG) and histamine-rich foods also cause migraines.
Foods with a lot of histamines include fermented foods, dried fruits, eggplant, spinach, shellfish, aged cheese, and cured meats.

Some people have unusual food cravings or mood changes in the days leading up to a migraine. About one-third of all people with migraines experience aura shortly before the migraine begins. Aura refers to unusual sensations like seeing flashes of light or uncontrollable muscle movements.

When the migraine begins, you have symptoms such as:

  • Severe, throbbing pain around one or both temples
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, smell, or touch
  • Vertigo (feeling like the room is spinning)
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Without medication to treat the headache, migraines last at least four hours and can go as long as three days.

Your neurology specialist at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care begins your treatment by helping you identify triggers and recommending dietary changes that can help prevent migraines.

You may need to take medication at the start of a migraine to reduce its severity and duration. Or you could take daily medication that prevents or reduces the frequency of future migraines.

Other advanced treatment options include:

  • CGRP monoclonal antibody injections
  • Botox injections (for chronic migraines)
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Sphenopalatine ganglion block
  • Peripheral nerve block
  • Neuromodulation

CGRP injections block chemicals in your brain that cause migraines. The other treatments in this list target nerves, calming the nerves or stopping them from sending hyperactive signals that trigger migraines.
Don’t keep suffering from migraines when you can get relief from Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care. Call or book an appointment online today.

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