IAM Healthy

Family Physicians & Geriatric Physicians located in Apopka, FL

If you’re part of the 12% of Americans who suffer from migraines, your symptoms may keep you in a quiet, dark room. At IAM Healthy, in Apopka, Florida, the expert medical professionals offer specialist diagnosis and treatments for migraines and other chronic headache issues. You don’t have to put up with the pain. Call IAM Healthy or make an appointment online today.

Migraine Q & A

What are migraines?

If you suffer from migraines, you know that it’s more than just a severe headache. Migraines are a collection of debilitating neurological symptoms. Yes, a severe headache is a common symptom, but you also may experience:

  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and smells
  • Auras, halos, and other visual abnormalities
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea and vomiting

You may also experience warning signs before your migraine attack, such as mood irregularities, food cravings, and a stiff neck. Often, you may have lingering side effects when your migraine attack passes, like feelings of fatigue and confusion.

What causes migraines?

Doctors and medical researchers are still researching the causes of migraines. While the precise root cause isn’t fully understood, they have identified many contributing factors. For example, your hormones play a role in migraines. Many women experience migraines as their estrogen levels fluctuate before and during their periods.

Other potential triggers include:

  • Sensory stimuli, such as bright lights and strong smells
  • Drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol
  • Stress
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Foods and additives

Medical researchers believe these factors trigger changes in your brain chemistry, which lead to your migraine symptoms.

Your risk of migraines increases if you have a family history of migraines. Women are also more likely than men to have them.

When should I talk to a doctor about migraines?

If you suffer from migraine symptoms, don’t brush them off as a severe headache. Make an appointment at IAM Healthy. Migraines are extremely disruptive, but you don’t have to put up with the pain and other symptoms. The medical providers at IAM Healthy can provide customized treatments to reduce or eliminate your migraines.

How are migraines treated?

Migraine treatment depends on your symptoms and other health factors. Your provider may prescribe preventive medication that you take daily to lessen the frequency or severity of your migraines. They may also prescribe pain-relieving drugs that you take at the first sign of a migraine to help stop your attack.

Your provider also offers lifestyle modification advice. For example, they can help you identify and avoid the triggers that set off your migraines. They can also help you create a routine for eating and sleeping to lower your risk of migraines. Additionally, you may find that regular exercise can reduce tension, which also can help prevent migraines.

Don’t let migraines interfere with your life anymore. Call IAM Healthy or make an appointment online today.