Approximately 1 in 4 households in the United States include someone who suffers from migraine headaches, which can last from three hours to up to three days! Migraines not only cause acute and throbbing pain in the head, but it can also cause a variety of other symptoms as well. Suffering from migraine headaches on a frequent basis can be crippling. If you or someone you know has been suffering from migraine headaches, then you have come to the right place. Our Board-Certified Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist, Trung Ha, MD, at Quantum Pain & Sports Medicine in Irving, Texas, specializes in the management of migraines and can help you get the relief you need for a better quality of life. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today!

What is a migraine?

Migraines are a type of headache that usually cause localized throbbing pain on one side of your head. In addition to the head pain, you may also experience nausea, vomiting, and/or sensitivity to light.
Many people experience migraines only on occasion, but others deal with head pain and related symptoms 15 or more times a month. These chronic migraines can have a significant impact on your quality of life. The team at Quantum Pain & Sports Medicine aims to help their patients live a healthy, active, and happy life and can design a comprehensive, innovative plan to help you manage your migraines.

What are the stages of a migraine?

Migraines tend to develop in stages. However, not everyone with migraines goes through all of these stages.

The stages of a migraine typically include:

Prodrome
Before a migraine attack, you may experience early symptoms, such as food cravings, mood changes, or constipation. These symptoms can indicate that you are about to develop a painful headache. This stage is referred to as prodrome.

Aura
An aura refers to the visual disturbances, such as flashes of light or vision loss, that sometimes develop right before the painful attack. 

Attack
The attack refers to the actual migraine, which causes a painful throbbing sensation on one side of your head.

Post-drome
After your migraine, you may feel fatigued, drained, or confused. This is referred to as post-drome.

Researchers are still investigating the underlying cause of migraines, but they theorize it may be related to genetic and environmental factors.

What are common migraine triggers?

If you suffer from migraines, you may notice that your head pain develops during certain times of the month or after you eat or drink a specific type of food. These are referred to as migraine triggers.

Common migraine triggers include:

  • Hormonal changes related to menstruation
  • Changes in the weather
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Certain types of food or food additives
  • Medications

The team at Quantum Pain & Sports Medicine takes a holistic approach to pain management and will help you identify your triggers to alleviate some of your attacks.

What are the treatments for migraines?

The team at Quantum Pain & Sports Medicine develops personalized treatment plans for the management of migraines.

Your plan may include:

  • Over-the-counter or prescription medication to manage pain
  • Prescription medication to prevent an attack
  • Diet modification
  • Management of migraine triggers
  • Tools for stress management
  • Botox® injections 

If you suffer from chronic migraines, then you may be considered a candidate for Botox® injections, which can be effective in reducing migraine attacks.

Call Quantum Pain & Sports Medicine or request an appointment through our contact page to get the pain management you need for your migraines.