Migraine Treatment from a Renowned Neurologist
Each day, millions of individuals suffer from migraine headaches. The attacks can last for hours or days with pain that can be severe and disabling. Dr. Peter Nakaji is a highly advanced neurosurgeon who can offer migraine treatment at his Phoenix, AZ, neurology institute to help improve symptoms and lessen the frequency of your migraines.
What Are Migraines?
Migraines are a type of headache that affects approximately 15 percent of the population. They result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors, but most cases tend to run in families. Migraines are also thought to be caused by fluctuating hormones, such as with puberty. In this case, the condition occurs more often in boys than in girls. However, more women than men experience migraines in adulthood. The agency of a migraine occurring and worsening is unknown, but experts believe that migraines affect the nerves and blood vessels in the brain.
Phases of a Migraine
Individuals who have experienced migraines usually describe four phases. It is possible, however, that not all those who experience a migraine will experience all four phases.
The initial phase of a migraine, also called the prodrome phase, can occur anywhere from two hours to two days before the migraine begins. Symptoms of the prodrome phase range greatly, but can include depression, fatigue, irritability, stiff muscles, digestive problems, and sensory sensitivity. Only approximately 60 percent of migraine sufferers will experience the prodrome phase.
An aura is a visual and neurological phenomenon that affects most individuals who get migraines. Auras begin before or during the headache, and usually last about an hour or less. There are different types of auras, but the most common include some sort of visual disturbance referred to as a scintillating scotoma, or a section of the field of vision that is altered by the presence of zigzag lines, blurriness, or spots that hinder the patient's ability to read, write, or do other basic tasks.
Migraines are a type of headache that affects approximately 15 percent of the population. They result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors, but most cases tend to run in families.
This stage of migraine can be the most debilitating. Those who get migraines with an aura typically experience a pulsating pain on one side of the head that worsens with physical activity, exposure to light, and loud noises. Bilateral (on both sides of head) pain does occur but is more common in those who don't experience an aura. In addition to the pain, patients usually experience nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, irritability, and fatigue. Symptoms can last anywhere from four to 72 hours, and occur about once per month.
While symptoms are fading and the migraine is passing, patients usually describe feeling either tired, groggy, and irritable, or refreshed and euphoric, but these instances vary from patient to patient. This phase of the migraine can last anywhere from just a few hours to a few days after the headache.
How We Can Help
Dr. Nakaji has helped several patients experience fewer migraines with more subtle symptoms. During a consultation, Dr. Nakaji will evaluate your condition by asking you questions pertaining to your migraine such as the frequency and intensity of attacks, whether pain relieving medications are helping, and whether your migraines are accompanied by an aura. He can prescribe a variety of pain medications to help manage symptoms, or a wide range of preventive medications to reduce the frequency and intensity of your headaches. Dr. Nakaji is ready to help improve your quality of life. Schedule your consultation with one of the nation's leading neurologists today.