According to the National Institutes of Health, over 35 million adults (or roughly 13% of the population) suffer from migraines in the United States. Over three million Americans report suffering from chronic migraines, with at least one episode per month. Depending on their frequency and severity, migraine headaches can be debilitating and can lead to missed work and other quality of life issues. Dr. Anna Kogan, a neurologist in Brooklyn, NY, offers a range of diagnostic, treatment, and pain management options for migraines and neuromuscular disorders and injuries.
Migraine Treatment in Brooklyn, NY
Although they tend to be most common in women (who account for approximately 70% of cases), and adults between the ages of 35 and 55, anyone can suffer from migraine headaches and they can begin in early childhood and progress through adulthood.
Migraines often develop gradually and you may experience early signs of an upcoming attack up to a few days before (known as the prodrome phase.) The intensity and duration of an episode vary from person to person. The most common signs and symptoms of a migraine include:
- Pulsing or throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head
- Sensitivity to light and other environmental stimulants like noise or smells
- Blurry vision
- Feeling lightheaded (or fainting in extreme cases)
- Sensory issues like seeing spots or lines, tunnel vision, numbness and weakness, and even hearing and speech disruptions (known as aura)
When Should You See a Doctor for Headaches and Pain?
Chronic migraines can be disruptive to your overall quality of life, and although they are often confused with standard headaches, migraine symptoms are different and often result from specific triggers. Monitoring your symptoms and triggers over time is important to diagnosing and developing a management plan for migraines. Schedule an appointment with a neurologist if you are experiencing migraine symptoms.
Find a Neurologist in Brooklyn, NY
If you are suffering from headaches, migraines or pain, contact Neurology Center of Brooklyn by calling 718-758-5777 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kogan today.