Migraines & Headaches
State-of-the-art treatment for migraine relief
One of the most common types of frequent and disabling headaches is the migraine. Migraines may affect over 12 percent of the US adult population. They are the most common cause of recurring, disabling headaches and the number-one reason why patients see a neurologist.
Migraines can be moderate or severe. They often come with throbbing or pounding feelings and you may have nausea and sensitivity to light, noise and odors. Migraines are frequently one- sided but can also occur anywhere on the head, neck or face. They typically worsen with activity, which can lead to patient inactivity and temporary disability.
Migraines are challenging to diagnose & treat
Migraine pain can be mistaken for sinus headache, tension headache, arthritis or muscle spasms. Diagnosis is complicated by the fact that the headaches are often accompanied by other “sinus- like” symptoms, including watering eyes, nasal congestion and pressure. Many patients who think they have sinus headaches actually have migraines.
West Coast Neurology diagnoses and provides effective migraine relief and pain management for all other types of headaches. We treat primary headaches like migraines as well as headaches caused by serious other medical conditions that require prompt diagnosis and treatment. Migraines that are severe and frequent are best-treated preventively. We may recommend dietary modification, lifestyle changes, prescription medications and vitamins. The best preventive migraine relief medicines are used for other medical purposes – blood pressure drugs, Botox, antidepressants or epilepsy medications. Individual headache attacks are best-treated early.