What is a migraine?
A migraine is a neurological condition that causes intense, throbbing head pain. The pain usually affects one side of the head and may last hours or days.
Knight Neurology provides comprehensive and compassionate care for neurological conditions like migraines. If you have migraines, they can help.
What are the symptoms of a migraine?
Migraine symptoms usually develop in stages; however, not everyone with migraine headaches goes through every one.
The stages of a migraine include:
Prodrome is the first stage of a migraine and may occur a few hours or a few days before your head pain. You may have difficulty concentrating, feel more tired than usual, or have unusual cravings during this stage.
Aura refers to the sensory symptoms associated with migraines, including seeing flashes of light or ringing in the ears. This migraine stage may occur right before or during the headache and usually lasts no more than an hour.
During a migraine headache, you have intense throbbing head pain that might cause sensitivity to light or nausea and vomiting. The headache stage of a migraine may last as little as four hours or as long as 72 hours.
Once your headache resolves, you may enter the postdrome stage. You may feel worn out, depressed, or euphoric during this stage of your migraine; these may last a day or two.
What happens during a migraine evaluation?
When you visit Knight Neurology for help with migraines, you can expect a thorough exam. Your neurologist asks detailed questions about your migraine symptoms and how often they occur.
Your neurologist performs a neurological exam and may request a CT scan or MRI to rule out other causes that might explain your symptoms.
How are migraines treated?
Knight Neurology customizes your migraine treatment program based on the severity and frequency of your symptoms. Your plan may include:
- Medications to stop or reduce migraine pain (triptans, over-the-counter drugs)
- Medications to prevent migraines (calcium-channel blockers, antidepressants)
- Eating a balanced diet
- Getting regular physical activity
- Establishing a healthy bedtime routine
Knight Neurology also offers Botox treatments for people with chronic migraines — 15 or more migraine headaches within 30 days.
Don’t let your migraine headaches keep you from living your life; call Knight Neurology or schedule an appointment online today.