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Premier Primary Care

Internal Medicine & Pediatrics located in New Albany, IN

Though headaches can cause significant pain, a migraine can cause many disabling symptoms that stop you in your tracks for many hours and even days. If you suffer from migraines, Suresh Lohano, MD, and Taylor Thomas, APRN, FNP-c, at Premier Primary Care in New Albany, Indiana, have the expertise and experience to help you get the relief you need. To book an appointment, call the friendly office staff or schedule online.

Migraine Q&A

What is a migraine?

A migraine is a type of headache that causes intense throbbing or pulsing pain on one or both sides of your head. For many people, a migraine can be so debilitating that you cannot function until the pain passes.

The intensity of a migraine can cause nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

What causes a migraine?

Migraines can occur for many different reasons, including:

  • Stress
  • Changes in the weather
  • Dehydration
  • Low blood sugar
  • Sleep changes
  • Hormonal changes for women
  • Certain foods
  • Certain medications
  • Drinks that contain alcohol or caffeine
  • Loud noises
  • Strong smells

Triggers for migraines can vary. Though genetics may play a role in why you might have migraines, paying attention to what occurs before they occur can help you isolate the source of your issue.

How is a migraine diagnosed?

When you visit Premier Primary Care for an evaluation, your provider first learns the description of your symptoms. Blood work or imaging tests, such as CT scans or an MRI, may be recommended to confirm your diagnosis.

Once you have an accurate diagnosis, your physician offers a customized treatment plan to help you avoid migraines or alleviate your pain when they occur.

What are the symptoms of a migraine?

It’s normal for you to experience certain mood swings or specific food cravings before the onset of a migraine attack. Once the migraine starts, your symptoms may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe throbbing in one or both of your temple areas
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness

Medication can reduce your symptoms, but if you don’t get treatment, your migraine can last for hours and maybe even occur for days.

How are migraines treated?

Migraines have several different treatment options. Rescue medications can be taken at the very onset of a migraine. However, if you have migraines often, your provider might prescribe a prevention medication. 

Advanced treatments include:

  • Botox® injections
  • Peripheral nerve blocks
  • Neuromodulation
  • Intravenous therapies

You can also make changes to your lifestyle that include your diet, exercise, and stress management to help you avoid migraine triggers.

If you suffer from migraines and are ready to get the relief you deserve, call Premier Primary Care today or book an appointment online.