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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
1,859 doctors shared insights

Migraine (Overview)

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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
1,859 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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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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Managing Migraines (Checklist)

Keep diary of when you get the migraine
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Keep track of migraines' duration and severity, plus other symptoms
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Consider that a TMJ/TMD issue may be causing migraines
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Watch for grinding of the teeth (bruxism) and clenching during day
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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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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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Treating Headaches (Checklist)

Identify events that trigger headaches
Hourly
See your doctor and bring a diary of when headaches occurred
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Watch for food reactions
Daily
See a dentist about your headaches
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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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Can ENT doctors diagnose migraine with vertigo?

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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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

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I have been suffering from Migraine for over a week now & have high temps (fever) Blood test said inflammation in liver. What does that mean?

I have been suffering from Migraine for over a week now & have high temps (fever) Blood test said inflammation in liver. What does that mean?

Not migraine: Headache with fever and abnormal liver function is not migraine. It is something more serious like a viral infection involving brain, meninges or elsewhere. You should see your internist urgently for consultation. ...Read more

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What are the tests for migraine headaches?

What are the tests for migraine headaches?

Primarily History: Migraine can generally be diagnosed from history. Some historical factors may signal the need for more extensive testing such as ct, MRI or eeg. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a migraine or a headaches? I've had frequently passed 6mths. Don't feel like normal headaches. Can it affect your glands?

How do you know if you have a migraine or a headaches? I've had frequently passed 6mths. Don't feel like normal headaches. Can it affect your glands?

Get evaluated: Headache of any cause can result in significant impact upon your life. A typical migraine might be associated with unilateral throbbing pain, nausea and/or vomiting, and intolerance of light and/or noise. Medications to prevent and stop such headaches are available. ...Read more

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What cause migraine? I will have about 2-3 migraine a year. Sometimes it happens when i feel stress but sometimes it just happen when i least expect it. What cause migraine and is there anything i can do about it?

What cause migraine? I will have about 2-3 migraine a year. Sometimes it happens when i feel stress but sometimes it just happen when i least expect it. What cause migraine and is there anything i can do about it?

Many things: There are many causes of migraines. Stress, TMJ issues, a misaligned bite, neck issues and trigger points of the muscles of the face, head and neck. Often headaches can be caused by an accident, fall, contact sport that was experienced recently or many years ago. Visit a doctor that knows about trudenta. Go to www.Trudenta.Com good luck. ...Read more

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Does little white dots in CT scan mean migraine? I used to get migraines but it's been a long time. I never got sick or dizzy.

Does little white dots in CT scan mean migraine? I used to get migraines but it's been a long time. I never got sick or dizzy.

Not enough informati: Little white dots is not medical terminology. As a radiologist, i would expect a more detailed description. It is important to know if these are blood vessels or calcifications and where they are located. Review and post the report. Then i can give you a better explanation. ...Read more

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Why are antidepressants used to treat migraine?

Why are antidepressants used to treat migraine?

They are effective: Some antidepressants act on certain Dopamine or serotonin receptors. It is thought that the symptoms of migraines can be reduced by interfering with the above receptors as an effective treatment. Antidepressants have many uses and just because you use one does not mean you have depression or psychiatric disorders. Take only asdirected and mention if you are taking any other med or supplement. ...Read more

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How do I treat a migraine?

How do I treat a migraine?

Many ways: There are many therapies to migraines. If acute otc meds like excedrin helps. Prescriptions such as triptans have been used to abate the migraine if severe enough. If this a chronic condition, reduce stressors, exercise, meditation, food triggers, acupuncture/yoga can all help. There is of course medications for chronic migraine as well. Keeping a log of your migraines may be helpful. ...Read more

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Have you ever treated complex migraine syndrome?

Have you ever treated complex migraine syndrome?

See neurologist: You need to see a neurologist. There are several types of migraine headaches. A "complex migraine" is one in which there are neurological symptoms such as weakness, loss of vision, or difficulty speaking in addition to the headache. In fact, a complex migraine may be mistaken for a stroke. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on treating migraine?

What's your opinion on treating migraine?

Tame the lightning: Migraines can feel like a lightning bolt striking your head. 3 steps for taming the lightning. Identify triggers: any foods? Stress? Poor sleep? Treat headache: many different otc & prescription drugs to treat your headache when it hits. Prevention: talk with your doc about strategies to prevent your migraines (like prescription meds). There is hope. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for migraine?

Treatment migraine: Best treatment is avoiding triggers like stress, lack of sleep, food triggers to be avoided, relaxation teckniques and proper use of controller med, which you take daily, like calcium channel blockers, anti seizures meds like Depakote and others.And during acute attack proper use of prescribed triptans.The combination of all these works the best in my experience. ...Read more

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What are the causes and treatments of migraine headaches?

What are the causes and treatments of migraine headaches?

Migraine: Migraines are genetically acquired headaches, usually triggered by poor sleep, stress, weather and hormone changes and certain medications. The most common trigger is diet- tyramine, nitrates/ nitrates, caffeine, msg, alcohol, etc. The best treatment includes avoidance and control of triggers. There are numerous medications to prevent and treat headaches (topiramate, triptans, betablocker, etc.). ...Read more

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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