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Migraines

Migraines are a recurring type of headache. They cause moderate to severe pain that is throbbing or pulsing. The pain is often on one side of your head. You may also have other symptoms, such as nausea and weakness. You may be sensitive to light and sound. Migraines could stem from a slip or fall, sports injury, or a car accident. Migraines can be life-threatening, and you should visit the ER within 24 hours of a head injury to receive the proper medical treatment. If you’re still suffering from the effects of a migraine after a hospital visit, our doctors can treat and evaluate the cause related to your symptoms.

Symptoms

Prodome. This phase starts up to 24 hours before you get the migraine. You have early signs and symptoms, such as food cravings, unexplained mood changes, uncontrollable yawning, fluid retention, and increased urination.

Aura. If you have this phase, you might see flashing or bright lights or zig-zag lines. You may have muscle weakness or feel like you are being touched or grabbed. An aura can happen just before or during a migraine.

Headache. A migraine usually starts gradually and then becomes more severe. It typically causes throbbing or pulsing pain, which is often on one side of your head. But sometimes you can have a migraine without a headache. Other migraine symptoms may include

  • Increased sensitivity to light, noise, and odors
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Worsened pain when you move, cough, or sneeze

Postdrome (following the headache). You may feel exhausted, weak, and confused after a migraine. This can last up to a day.

Treatment Options

If headaches, nausea, dizziness, balance problems, or confusion persist, our specialists may perform a neurological exam to check your vision, hearing, strength, balance, coordination, and reflexes.

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