Migraine Treatment in Brooklyn, NY
Though headaches are a super-common affliction affecting almost everyone, a migraine is a different sort of condition. Though a headache usually responds to over-the-counter medication, migraine often does not. Unfortunately, many people never realize that their migraine is more than just a common headache. Your neurologist Dr. Anna Kogan of Neurology Center of New York can help diagnose and find relief from your migraines.
What is a migraine?
A migraine occurs when someone has severe headaches with sensory disturbances. There are two types of migraines: a migraine with aura and migraine without aura. An aura occurs when a migraine is accompanied by additional neurological symptoms, like blind spots, colored spots or sparkles, tunnel vision, zigzag lines, or even temporary blindness. Auras may also affect speech and hearing, cause weakness or numbness, pins, and needles, or vertigo. Auras almost always occur before the headache portion of a migraine begins. The frequency of migraines, both with aura and without, can vary widely, from once a year to several times a week.
Headaches Vs. Migraines
Migraines have different criteria than headaches and require certain symptoms before being diagnosed with a migraine. Though both a headache and a migraine can range from mild to severe pain and occur on one or both sides of the head, patients tend to describe migraines as a throbbing headache which becomes worse with any physical exertion, even something as simple as sitting up from laying down. Headaches tend to have a steady, constant pain often described as a tightness in the head. A migraine also often causes nausea or vomiting and sensitivity to light, sound, or smells where a headache does not.
Migraines often come with triggers. Keeping a running log or diary of your migraine experiences and common triggers which could have caused them helps your doctor determine if you suffer from migraine headaches. Common triggers include lack of sleep, red wine, hormonal changes such as those associated with menstruation, and certain smells. Your neurologist may also suggest CAT scan or MRI to further investigate the brain and its activity. Blood work may also help your doctor determine if you suffer from migraine headaches.
How can I find relief from my migraines?
Treating migraines often uses medication to help reverse inflammation of blood vessels, which, though not confirmed, is thought to cause migraines. These medications, called triptans, are taken at the onset of migraine symptoms and help ease the pain of a migraine. Botox injected into the neck has also proven to be an effective treatment for migraine headaches. Maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding triggers can help avoid migraine attacks. While over-the-counter pain relief medications are effective in treating tension-type headaches, they often do not help with migraine pain.
Are you interested in learning more about treatments for migraines?
Call Dr. Anna Kogan at Neurology Center of New York at (718) 758-5777 for more information today! We are located in Brooklyn, NY serving serving Clinton Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Bushwick.