If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from migraines, the neurologists of the Edward Neurosciences Institute have a plan to help you manage them.
What causes migraines?
Both genetic and environmental factors are believed to play a role in making someone susceptible to migraines, a problem that afflicts more than 28 million Americans. The migraine attack begins in the brain stem where overactive nerve cells send signals to the blood vessels that cause them to constrict.
Are there triggers that cause or worsen migraines?
Some common triggers include:
- Stress and anxiety
- Changes in the weather
- Caffeine (too much or too little)
- Chocolate or alcohol
- Lack of sleep or too much sleep
- Hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle
- Skipping meals
- Foods containing nitrates (e.g., luncheon meats, hot dogs, etc.)
- Foods containing tyramine (e.g., aged cheeses, smoked fish, etc.)
- Foods containing monosodium glutamate (e.g., most diet or "light" soft drinks)
How do I know if I have a migraine?
Telltale signs include throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head, and sensitivity to light, odors and noise. Some people have additional symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting. Some people also experience disruptions in taste, smell or touch. Sometimes migraines come with or are preceded by disturbances to vision – called aura, which may include spots, dots, jagged lines, flashing lights or other senses – tingling in the arm or leg, or even speech difficulties. Migraine headaches can last from half an hour to several hours, sometimes even days.
What migraine treatment is available at the Headache Clinic?
Migraines are a very common condition that can dramatically affect the quality of your life. The Edward Headache Clinic provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and care for sufferers of all types of headaches from the simplest to the most complex. Among treatments recently added is Botox Injection for certain migraines.
The Edward Neurosciences Headache Clinic is open from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and has expanded with the addition of sites at the Plainfield campus and Warrenville office.
Dr. Mohammad Sajed, medical director of Neuro Intensive Care Unit, is board certified in neuro critical care, vascular stroke and headache management. Our team of neurologists are trained in managing headaches and specifically migraines. They prescribe specific medications and injections to manage acute migraines and chronic headaches.
For more information about the Headache Clinic or to make an appointment, call 630-527-7730.