More than 12% of the population suffers from migraines -- and for many of them, the pain and symptoms are debilitating. But relief is available. At Primary Medical Associates of Long Island, PLLC in Plainview, New York, Natalia Levinskaya, DO, Vanessa Ali-Pennock, DO, and Amy N. Waldman, ANP-PC treat migraine pain and symptoms with medication and behavioral changes to help you avoid migraine triggers. Don’t lose another day to a migraine headache. Call or click to schedule an appointment today.
Anyone who’s ever suffered a migraine will tell you it’s much more than just a headache Migraines cause recurrent throbbing or pulsating head pain lasting anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Migraine pain typically involves one side of the head, but sometimes travels to the other.
Migraines usually involve other symptoms including:
Migraine symptoms and severity vary from person-to-person. Some migraine symptoms are easily relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers. Others are disabling and require more aggressive treatment.
Migraine causes aren’t completely understood. Experts believe they have something to do with changes in the brainstem and the trigeminal nerve, which supplies touch, pain, and temperature sensations to the face. Changes in brain chemicals like serotonin may also play a role in migraines.
Researchers know more about genetic and environmental factors that commonly trigger migraines. Avoiding or addressing known triggers is often the best way to prevent migraines.
Common migraine triggers include:
Your doctor uses your overall health assessment, family history, and physical exam to diagnose migraines. With blood tests, MRI, or CT scans, she’s able to rule out other conditions.
Migraine treatment generally involves:
Migraines don’t have to hold you back from life. Learning more about your migraine patterns and triggers is the key to relief. Call or click to schedule an appointment today.