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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Migraine (Overview)

A type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain and usually causes light sensitivity, nausea, and vomiting.


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
1,889 doctors shared insights

Migraine (Overview)

A type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain and usually causes light sensitivity, nausea, and vomiting.


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What causes migraine headaches?

What causes migraine headaches?

Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. ...Read more

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Managing Migraines (Checklist)

Keep a diary of when you get migraines
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Keep track of the duration and severity of each migraine, noting other symptoms
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Do not clench or grind (known as bruxism) your teeth during the day
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Talk to your doctor about your migraines
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What causes migraine headaches?

What causes migraine headaches?

Numerous causes: There are several causes for migraine headaches. See PCP. IF HE CANNOT find the cause then we look at environmental hormonal and nutritional deficiencies. Visit us at www.ehacstl.com to learn how we treat the underlying causes ...Read more

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Treating Headaches (Checklist)

Identify events that trigger headaches
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See your doctor and bring a diary of when headaches occurred
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Watch for food reactions
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See your dentist about headaches to ensure they are not related to dental issues
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Who gets migraine headaches?

Who gets migraine headaches?

Anyone: Anyone can develop migraine headaches, but they are most common in people who have a family history of migraine. ...Read more

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Thinning(1)disk in my neck shown by x- rays no head or neck trauma no activities no heavy objects carried only poss. Symptom- migraine how?What now?

Thinning(1)disk in my neck shown by x- rays no head or neck trauma no activities no heavy objects carried only poss. Symptom- migraine how?What now?

It is called being : Human as degenerative changes in discs have been demonstrated as early as 10 years of age. There is a genetic component as well and there are life style choices that affect these changes including obesity and smoking. Everyone develops changes over time. ...Read more

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What are migraine aura symptoms?

What are migraine aura symptoms?

Migraine w/ aura: are the same as migraine without aura but has the additions: visual, sensory, and motor phenomena vary in complexity. Sometimes, there may be an extended gap of several hours before the headache starts. In fact, not every aura is followed by a migraine attack. See an Orofacial Pain or headache specialist for evaluation and management. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of migraine bad?

Varies: They can be. Depends on the actual symptoms and the person who experiences them. ...Read more

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Is pulsatile tinnitus a symptom of migraine associated vertigo/vestibular migraine?

Is pulsatile tinnitus a symptom of migraine associated vertigo/vestibular migraine?

Pulsatile tinnitus: A number of health problems can cause the tinnitus. In many cases, an exact cause is never found. Rec.: see your PCP or ENT for further investigation. It is not a symptom of the migraine. ...Read more

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What are some signs of migraine?

What are some signs of migraine?

Classic picture: Migraines are typically one-sided, severe, pounding headaches with associated vision changes, nausea/vomiting, and incapacity. Vision changes can be blurry vision, flashing lights, blind spots. This is in opposition to tension headaches that are typically two-sided, mild-moderate, constant headaches that may be located in the temples and radiate into the back of the neck. ...Read more

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Cluster headache treatments?

Cluster headache treatments?

Get the right meds!!: Pain from cluster headache is considered the worst pain that exists - for this reason they have been called "suicide" headaches. But, outstanding medications that can rapidly turn off this horrible pain exist. You must get to a headache doctor who really knows how to treat this disease - it is very different from migraines, etc. Options include oxygen, sumatriptan, verapamil, lithium, topiramate. ...Read more

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I have confirmed migraine diagnosis and if taken in time, Imitrex (sumatriptan) works. Can one build a tolerance to the Imitrex (sumatriptan) drug needing to up the dose?

I have confirmed migraine diagnosis and if taken in time, Imitrex (sumatriptan) works. Can one build a tolerance to the Imitrex (sumatriptan) drug needing to up the dose?

Yes: If you take triptan meds more than 8 days a month on average you can develop medication overuse headache aka rebound headache which is a state when abortive meds don't work as well and preventatives are less effective as well. A headache diary is a key component of managing migraine. ...Read more

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What causes a pre migrain aura/ visual disturbance but no migraine headache?

What causes a pre migrain aura/ visual disturbance but no migraine headache?

Neurologic disturb: Unilateral episodic throbbing neurologic disturbance or deficits occur before headache but if you know how to avoid the severe headache by lifestyle modification or taking your rx before the attack it will be aborted. ...Read more

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44yo new onset migraines with aura. Inbetween migraines, having palinopsia, photophobia and vertigo spells. Vestibular migraines or something else?

44yo new onset migraines with aura. Inbetween migraines, having palinopsia, photophobia and vertigo spells. Vestibular migraines or something else?

Possible: Migraines can cause virtually any neurological symptoms. The rule out thumb is, rule out more serious causes first, so if you have not sought an evaluation yet, please do so. ...Read more

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Can ENT doctors diagnose migraine with vertigo?

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Can ENT doctors diagnose migraine with vertigo?

Without doubt: Any doctor can diagnose migraine with vertigo. Ent is the expert in vertigo diagnostic and treatment. However, for migraine is recommended to see an orofacial pain or headache specialist. ...Read more

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Will Excedrin migraine work for ongoing migraine?

Will Excedrin migraine work for ongoing migraine?

Maybe: It might help and will not cause any issues to try. It is just over the counter medications that benefit some people with migraines and is seen as an abortive medication. If it does not, then you will have to consider prescription medications, such as triptans or ergots that can be more effective for abortive therapy. Excedrin migraine does work very well for some people, and others it does not. ...Read more

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Can cluster headache cause trigeminal neuralgia?

Can cluster headache cause trigeminal neuralgia?

Definitely, no: Cluster headaches are sometimes mistaken for trigeminal neuralgia because they have similar symptoms. However, there are a number of big differences between the two conditions. TN is episodic (paroxysmal) neuropathic disorder. Cluster headache is the most painful of all the primary headache disorders. ...Read more

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What is the diagnostic difference between a headache and a migraine? How do you know a headache is a migraine? What is the key clue to a migraine?

What is the diagnostic difference between a headache and a migraine? How do you know a headache is a migraine? What is the key clue to a migraine?

Pattern/course: Migraine are severe intermittent headaches lasting 4 to 72 hours, sometimes unilateral, throbbing, with nausea. There is usually a family histiory and specific trigger factors such as type of food and drink, hunger, smells, lack of sleep etc. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

Migraine headaches are a common condition that often include a headache with throbbing, pulsing pain, blurriness of vision, nausea, and sensitivity to light. They ...Read more