Feeling Great: Dealing with migraines

24 million individuals experience migraines in the United States. 18 million of them are women.

Dr. Keith Miller is a neurologist with the Regional Physicians Neuroscience Center of High Point Regional Health.

“Migraines are typically a disabling headache,” Dr. Miller explained. “They are associated with a number of associated symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. They may be unilateral pain just on one side of the head.”

He encouraged anyone with ongoing problems with migraines to contact a physician to determine the cause.

“They may have light sensitivity, sound sensitivity. They may be precipitated by triggers such as lack of sleep, too much sleep, missing meals, chocolate, cheeses, nuts, Chinese food, onions, bananas, red wine,” Dr. Miller elaborated.

He said the ideal treatment is rest, “But many people can’t do that. They’re working women, they have many children at home and they just can’t take that time out for themselves. So it does create a huge issue for them.”

He said untreated headaches and migraines can lead to decreases mobility and a patient’s social life can suffer.

Dr. Miller said they have different medicines both to prevent and to treat headaches and migraines.

One of the newest treatments is Botox injections every three months or so.

“They can be helpful in reducing how often a headache comes and also how severe the headache might be.”

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