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Migraines

Most people have experienced the common tension headaches, but migraines can cause much more discomfort with symptoms including:
  • Throbbing pain that starts on one side of the head and can spread
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and sound

Classic Migraines

Signs of a classic migraine typically appear 10-30 minutes before the migraine occurs. The symptoms, called auras, are visual changes or hallucinations such as blinking or brightly colored lights.  Other symptoms of classic migraines include noxious smells or weakness of an arm or leg. Classic migraines typically last 1-2 days.

Common Migraines

Unlike classic migraines, a common migraine does not have the warning of the aura.  Symptoms that signal a common migraine include mood changes, fatigue and unusual retention of fluids. During common migraines, people may have nausea and vomiting. Common migraines typically last 3-4 days.

Other Forms of Migraines

Hemiplegic Migraine – may include temporary paralysis on one side of the body, or vision problems and vertigo.
Ophthalmoplegic Migraine – pain is focused around the eye and may result in a droopy eyelid, double vision or other vision problems.
Basilar Artery Migraine – common in adolescent and young adult women and often associated with the menstrual cycle, this migraine can include vertigo, double vision and poor muscular coordination.

Triggers of Migraines

Many migraines result as a reaction to an external condition, or trigger, such as:
  • Lack of food
  • Lack of sleep
  • Changes in weather or altitude
  • Exposure to bright lights or sunshine
  • Hormonal changes
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Certain foods and beverages (including chocolate, dairy products, red win and aged cheese)

Treatment for Migraines

Treatments for migraines may include medications, including over-the-counter and prescription medications. The most frequent medication to treat migraines is ergotamine or triptans.
 
BOTOX Treatment for Migraines
Ellis offers the FDA- approved BOTOX treatment for chronic migraines. Chronic migraines are migraines that last longer and occur more frequently.  Ellis’ Neuroscience Center offers BOTOX treatment cycles to prevent chronic migraines.
BOTOX uses 31 small injections to 7 areas of the head and neck. The very fine needles feel like tiny pinpricks may causes minor discomfort.  Studies have shown that BOTOX reduces the number of migraine days each month.  The injections have a 12-week cycle, with the injection process repeating itself every 12 weeks.
For more information about treatment of chronic migraines using BOTOX, call Ellis’ Neuroscience Center at 518.243.3387 or request an appointment online.