Migraines are one of the most intense headaches you can experience, often causing debilitating pain for the duration of your migraine attack. At American Pain Experts in Oakland Park within Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Neel Amin, MD, offers comprehensive care for migraines, using his expertise in pain medicine to provide treatments that significantly reduce the severity and frequency of migraines. If you need compassionate care and relief from migraines, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Migraines begin when something triggers the cranial nerves, leading to a cascade of events that causes inflammation and affects brain chemicals and blood vessels.
Each person has their own migraine triggers, but some of the most common include:
Changes in hormone levels can also trigger migraines.
Migraines may go through four stages called prodrome, aura, attack, and postdrome. However, the only stage you’re sure to experience is the migraine attack. The other stages only affect some people.
Prodrome refers to subtle changes that occur in the days before your migraine. For example, you may notice mood changes, food cravings, or a stiff neck.
About one-third of migraine patients experience aura shortly before their migraine begins. The aura often causes visual changes such as seeing wavy lines or flashing lights. It can also bring on symptoms such as muscle twitches, tingling sensations, and difficulty speaking.
When your migraine attack begins, you may experience:
A migraine attack lasts at least four hours and may continue for three days. After your pain ends, you may experience postdrome symptoms such as weakness or confusion.
Dr. Amin helps you identify your triggers, so you can avoid them as much as possible. Then he develops a treatment plan that draws from multiple options to provide optimal pain relief.
These are a few examples of treatments Dr. Amin frequently uses to treat migraines:
Dr. Amin may prescribe medications you can take at the start of a migraine to reduce the pain, or he may recommend daily medications that help prevent future migraines.
Botox injections can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of future migraines. You’re a good candidate for Botox if you have chronic migraines, which means 15 headache days each month with eight of those days being migraines.
A nerve block contains a local anesthetic that’s often combined with a steroid. The anesthetic stops the nerves from sending pain signals, while steroids reduce inflammation.
Migraine patients often have trigger points, which are tight muscle areas in their head, neck, and shoulders. A trigger point injection relaxes the muscles so they don’t trigger a migraine.
Expert care is available for migraines at American Pain Experts. Schedule an appointment online or call the office today.