Arlington Migraine Treatment
Are You Suffering from a Severe Headache?
Migraines are severe, throbbing headaches that usually occur on one side of the head. Unlike most headaches, migraines can last for hours or even days. The pain can be so intense that some people find themselves unable to do anything but lay in bed and try to cope with the pain.
Migraines are still something of a mystery to modern medicine, but there are treatments and recommended lifestyle changes that can help patients manage the symptoms and reduce the frequency of migraines. If you are suffering from a migraine in Arlington, visit Urgentology Care in Arlington care today for help.
Headache or Migraine?
If you’ve had a migraine before, you probably don’t need help telling it apart from a regular headache. Most people experience their first migraine during childhood or adolescence. The symptoms of a migraine are very distinct, so it is not usually difficult to identify one when it occurs.
Migraines have four stages. Not all patients will experience every stage, but you can usually recognize a migraine if you experience some of the following symptoms:
Prodrome Stage – These symptoms may occur a few days before a migraine occurs.
- Food cravings
- Neck stiffness
- Mood swings
- Dry mouth and increased urination
Aura Stage – This stage can occur before or during a migraine. Fortunately, it is rare for many patients with migraines to experience this stage. The symptoms can last for up to an hour.
- Vision problems
- Difficulty speaking
- Numb, tingling feelings in an arm or leg
- Muscle weakness
- Hearing noises
- Uncontrolled jerking movements
Attack Stage – This is the primary migraine stage. This stage includes some of the telltale symptoms of a migraine, which usually last for at least four hours.
- Headache pain, usually one side of the head
- Throbbing sensations in the head
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurry vision
- Increased sensitivity to light
Postdrome Stage – This can be considered the aftermath phase of a migraine. Patients will continue to feel disorienting symptoms for several hours as their body recovers from the migraine.
- Feelings of elation or fatigue
- Increased sensitivity to light and sound
Migraines are more common in women, and they are often triggered by stress, overusing medication, drinking too much alcohol, physical exertion, and other outside factors.
Treating & Managing Migraines
There are many medications designed to treat the symptoms of a migraine. You should ask a medical recommendation for their recommendation before picking one up. Some medications are more effective depending on your medical history and the triggers that led to your migraine.
If you have had one migraine, there is an increased risk that you will have another. During treatment, your doctor will ask questions to find out what might have triggered your migraine. Depending on what is discovered, different preventative measures will be recommended that can reduce your risk of developing another migraine.
Learn more about our Arlington migraine treatment services. No appointments are needed, but you can call us at (817) 799-7273 if you would prefer to prepare us for your visit.
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