A migraine is a moderate or severe headache felt as a pulsing or throbbing sensation on one side of the head. This common condition occurs along with symptoms including nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound, and visual disturbances. Migraines affect all age groups and can last hours or days. The diagnosis of this neurological condition is determined based on medical history, symptoms, and by ruling out other causes.
People with chronic migraines experience headache on at least 15 days in a month, which can impact their physical, social, and professional life.Book Your Appointment
If you have been experiencing headaches more than 72 hours, that occur more than once or twice a week for three consecutive months or longer, you should contact our online “walk-in” clinic. Our healthcare provider will evaluate your symptoms and may refer you to a migraine specialist.
A migraine specialist will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your headache and its symptoms. They will also assess the pattern of recurring headaches and conduct neurological or musculoskeletal examination if needed.
Your migraine specialist can help with most headache disorders including cluster headache, medication overuse headache, tension-type headache, migraine with or without aura, and chronic headache. They will carefully evaluate your family history, medications, lifestyle, and nutrition, and may perform an MRI, EEG, lumbar puncture, blood tests, a spinal tap, or CT scan if necessary.
A migraine attack is a moderate to severe headache that often occurs in one area of the head, but may also occur on both sides, front or back of the neck, around the eyes, or behind the cheeks. It is a pulsating pain that is accompanied by symptoms including nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity light or sound.
Aura is the occurrence of a series of sensory disturbances that take place right before a headache or a migraine attack. These disturbances include blind spots, sparks, and bright dots as visuals. An aura can also present as a sensory occurrence with symptoms like numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.
Your doctor will order a brain MRI If you are experiencing severe headaches that are often accompanied by symptoms like confusion, weakness, numbness, difficulty speaking, or distorted vision.
Yes, over-the-counter medications are effective in treating mild to moderate migraines, when taken at the first sign of an oncoming pain.