Migraines affect millions of people, causing debilitating pain and often other symptoms like nausea and sensitivity to lights and sounds. Dr. Sheibani and Dr. Broukim provide Westwood, CA, patients with the care they need to prevent migraines or lessen their frequency and to help lessen symptoms when they do occur.
Migraine headaches are a chronic medical condition that can cause a wide range of symptoms, including intense, throbbing pain throughout the head or focused on specific areas like the eyes or temples. Usually, pain is concentrated on one side of the head. Migraines can also cause symptoms like extra sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting. Some migraine sufferers have visual symptoms like tunnel vision, flashing lights or temporary loss of vision, usually in one eye. These are called ocular migraines, and they typically occur without headache or other symptoms.
The primary differences between migraine and other types of headaches is the intensity of the pain, the diversity of the symptoms (including light sensitivity and nausea), and the duration – some migraines can last for up to three days.
Some migraines are triggered by certain events like a menstrual period or significant stress. Sometimes, knowing those triggers can help you prevent migraines or lessen symptoms by taking migraine medication or practicing stress relief exercises like yoga or meditation. In addition to medications to prevent migraines from occurring, there are other medications developed to help treat the debilitating pain, and some medications can help treat other symptoms like nausea or vomiting. Some patients find retreating to a darkened, quiet room and resting can help control their pain and end symptoms sooner.
No one knows the exact cause of migraines. For many people, the symptoms can be triggered by specific events like bright lights, loud noises, crowds, smells and stress. Others may have a family history of migraines. Alcohol, caffeine, lack of sleep and changes in routine are other common triggers.