More than four million Americans experience migraine headaches on a daily basis. If you’re one of them, don’t wait to take action. At PharmXhealthOne wellness center, with convenient locations in Boynton Beach and Port Saint Lucie, Florida, the team has years of experience diagnosing and treating migraine headaches. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office and speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online today.
What is a migraine?
Migraine is a neurological disorder characterized by a throbbing or pulsing sensation on one side of the head. Unlike tension headaches that last for a few hours and resolve on their own, migraines can last for days or even weeks.
Without professional treatment, migraine can negatively affect your quality of life, preventing you from going to work, participating in activities you love, or spending time with friends and family. Although there’s no cure for migraines, with healthy lifestyle changes and medications, it’s possible to keep symptoms under control.
What are the symptoms of a migraine?
Migraine headaches affect everyone differently, but they usually occur in four separate stages: prodrome, aura, attack, and post-drome. Telltale signs of a migraine can include:
- Mood changes
- Neck stiffness
- Vision loss
- Difficulty speaking
- Pins and needles sensations in the arms and legs
- Throbbing or pulsing head pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to light and sound
Following a migraine, many people experience feelings of exhaustion or confusion. Others experience elation and a feeling of relief.
What causes migraines?
Experts aren’t entirely sure what causes migraine headaches, but a combination of genetics and environmental factors are thought to play a role. Migraines usually occur due to a particular trigger. Some of the most common migraine triggers include hormonal changes, drinks like alcohol or coffee, stress, and sleep changes.
How are migraines diagnosed?
To diagnose a migraine, your PharmXhealthOne provider conducts a physical and neurological exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle. If your symptoms are unusual or complex, your provider might also recommend a diagnostic imaging test like a CT scan or MRI.
These screening procedures provide detailed images of your brain and can assist your provider in diagnosing strokes, bleeding in the brain, and other brain and nervous system disorders.
How are migraines treated?
Treatment of migraines depends on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. As mentioned previously, migraines can occur due to hormonal imbalances, allergies, dehydration, vitamin deficiencies, stress, consuming certain foods and drinks, and exercise.
Therefore, your PharmXhealthOne provider develops a custom care plan based on your needs. This might include:
- IV vitamin therapy
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Meeting with the on-staff nutritionist
- Meeting with the on-staff wellness or fitness director
You might also benefit from a combination of several treatments. Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to relieve uncomfortable symptoms and improve your quality of life.