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Migraines and Headaches

What are migraines and headaches?

Headaches include any type of head pain, and migraines are severe headaches that often accompany visual disturbance or nausea. 

Migraines can feel debilitating and negatively affect your everyday life. Treatment at Life Balance Pain Care can offer relief, allowing you to enjoy favorite activities with friends and family. 

What are the symptoms of migraines and headaches?

Common symptoms associated with migraines and headaches include:

  • Dull, aching head pain
  • Severe head pain
  • Pain on one side of your head
  • Throbbing or pulsing pain
  • Light or sound sensitivity
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Visual disturbances

Right before developing a migraine, you may notice an aura or seeing spots or bright lights. 

If you have a migraine, it can last for several hours up to a few days in some cases. Seeking treatment is the best way to reduce your risk and severity of migraines and headaches. 

What are the risk factors for migraines and headaches?

Common migraine and headache risk factors include:

  • Alcohol 
  • Caffeine
  • Bright lights
  • Food additives
  • Physical exertion
  • Dehydration
  • Sleeping problems
  • Menstruation in women
  • Family history of migraines

Ways you can reduce the risk of developing migraines include eating healthy foods, avoiding alcohol and food additives, drinking plenty of water, and adopting other healthy habits. 

How does my provider diagnose migraines and headaches?

At the first sign of debilitating migraines or headaches, see the Life Balance Pain Care team for an evaluation. They check your vital signs, discuss your symptoms, review your medical history, complete a physical exam, and may recommend CT scans or other imaging procedures.

What are my migraine treatment options?

Common migraine and headache treatment options your specialist may recommend include:

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk of developing migraines include stress reduction, eating nutritious foods, getting plenty of sleep, drinking water, and exercising most days of the week (avoid extreme physical exertion).

Medications

Taking certain medications can diminish migraine and headache pain and reduce your risk of future migraines. Medication such as Toradol, Imitrex and Fiorecet are beneficial in reducing migraine headaches.

Holistic Dentistry

Additional considerations for the cause of migraine headache involve assessment of cranial-dental anatomy. A consultation with a Holistic Dentist, can unmask underlying problems with previous dental treatment (e.g. fillings with heavy metals) and cranial-facial nerves pathology (e.g. TMJ syndrome).