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How Can You Stop A Migraine Or Aura
Abortive medications: There are a group of medications that have been developed specifically to stop migraine headaches as they evolve. They are referred to as abortives because that stop or abort the symptoms (both headache and aura) as they develop. Some of these drugs include tryptans (e.g.-imitrex), anti-inflammatories (e.g.-motrin) and opiates (e.g.-morphine). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The term aura is usually used to describe a visual change that occurs at the onset of a classic migraine. It is typically described as an odd light appearance, color change or other visual illusion associated with the headache. Not all migraines have auras..."common migraines" do not have auras, ...Read more
Migraine treatment: Once a diagnosis of migraine has been made, effective management of migraine involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological management, and 3) pharmacological (medical) management. See an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and professional management. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cause: I would get to the bottom of it consult a neurologist make sure it isn't something serious and also seek a neuromuscular dentist in your area who specializes in headaches/tmj. ...Read more
MigraineCauseUnknown: No one actually knows what causes migraine.There is not even consensus on what a migraine IS.Often, diagnosis is erroneous-made just because pain is severe.There are many causes of severe HA's incl. occipital neuralgia, cervicogenic headache, occipital tenon inj., etc. A good history & phys. incl osteopathic hands-on exam may provide answer. Treatments may incl med, manipulation, prolotherapy,etc ...Read more
Migraine = Headache+: Migraines are the most common cause of frequent headache in an otherwise healthy individual with a normal neurological exam. If you have an aura (i.e. See flashing lights) prior to the headache, it clinches it, but that is in a minority of people. Often times the headaches worsen due to medication overuse/rebound. Often after a migraine there will be a "hangover" feeling. There may be nausea. ...Read more
See below: Many medications are available. Discuss them with your family doctor. ...Read more
Migraines: Schedule appt. With neurologist for assessment & treatment options. ...Read more
Need to see doctor: It’s helpful to see your doctor during an attack, so she can ask the appropriate questions to diagnose you. There are a number of things that can cause similar visual disturbances, such as brain damage, tumours, ischemic optic neuropathy (damage to the optic nerve) and other optic disorders. Even if the symptoms are coming and going, it’s very important to rule out other causes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
By asking question: By the fact that you are able to get on the computer and ask this question, you probably do not have meningitis. Although meningitis can and do cause headaches, it also causes other things particularly as it advances. It can cause confusion, lethargy, and even coma. One of the most common and classic signs of meningitis is stiff neck or pain in the neck because the infection affects the meninges. ...Read more
Take two aspirin ...: And call me in the morning is the old joke about what doctor's say. You need to describe your symptoms to your primary care physician who can decide if testing is needed or if it is a sign of some other medical condition. ...Read more
Get Consulttation: Migraine syndrome has multiple treatment options from script medications, imitrex, (sumatriptan) to Botox injections. There are varieties of migraines and symptoms, so would suggest a consultation with a headache specialist to begin therapy. In very severe and frequent migraines, Botox has proven to be helpful in many cases by less frequent, less severe, less duration. ...Read more
If your male and you get a few migraine auras a mth with no headache do you need to take aspirin continuosly if tolerated?
CT of head/sinuses: A good clinical exam can usually distinguish a migraine from sinusitis. The definitive exam for sinusitis is a ct of the sinuses. A ct of the head is important for migraine.... But usually a good exam by a neurologist can determine if you have migraines. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Classical migraine: In many cases of complex migraine, visual loss or blurring of vision due to sparkling lights can precede the headache pain due to effects on the occipital lobe. Cluster headaches can result in changes in the pupil and even drooping of the eyelid. Tearing of the eye can obscure vision also. All of this is secondary to neurochemical changes triggered by glutamate excitatory sensitivity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They may be the same: Migraine is associated with other symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to light or sounds, visual changes, and pale complexion. The strength of the headache does not help as you can have very mild migraines or strong tension headaches. Migraines also completely go away between episodes. Tension headaches are more likely to linger. If you are having head pain that is new or worse see a doctor. ...Read more
Cannot: Formerly there were specific criteria and symptoms by which migraine headaches were defined and diagnosed. In recent months the collegial body of neurologists decided that any "severe" headache qualified as "migraine". This flip flop indicates that the etiology (cause) continues to be mysterious, and beset with theory and speculation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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