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This month is migraine awareness month. As we’ve covered in previous posts on migraine headaches, chronic migraine headaches interfere with your ability to enjoy and live life to the fullest. Migraines can steal precious time with friends and family, take you away from the things that you are most passionate about and even impact your career. If you’re one of the more than 36 million Americans who suffer from migraines, you’ve likely experienced some or all of those frustrations. But you can get help and regain control.

The Difference Between a Headache and a Chronic Migraine

Everyone experiences headaches from time to time. Maybe you’ve been dealing with some stress or anxiety, which triggers what is known as a tension headache. They can be very painful, but it’s usually a mild, dull ache that goes away within a relatively short time.

The occasional headache differs from chronic migraine pain in several ways. While pain in the head can be a sign of a migraine, unlike a regular headache, the pain is usually throbbing and intense and often only felt on one side of the head. It can also be accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, dizziness, flashing lights or sensitivity to light or sound.

Many things can trigger a migraine attack, including reactions to food, scents, seasonal changes or changes in lifestyle, such as lack of sleep or changes in eating habits.

What are the Treatment Options

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, there’s no cure for chronic migraine, but that doesn’t mean that you just have to suffer with them.

Changes in your life can help you avoid attacks: Reduce or avoid stress when possible, get more sleep and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. All of those steps can help keep the pain at bay or manageable with over-the-counter medicines.

When lifestyle changes are not enough, one of our pain specialists can help with treatment options to help you regain control of your life. They may include:

New Technological Breakthroughs

  • Medications

    While not a cure, pain medications can lessen the severity of a single attack while we work through a treatment plan to reduce the frequency of migraines.

  • Botox Injections

    It’s not just for Hollywood stars. When strategically injected, Botox can keep the muscles that cause migraine pain from contracting. Patients who suffer migraines more than 15 days per month may see the most benefit from a Botox treatment plan. Learn more about Botox Injections for Migraines

  • Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block

    A numbing agent applied to a group of nerves in the face blocks pain signals to the brain. For some patients, this can provide up to 4-6 weeks of relief. Learn more about Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks

  • Spinal Cord Stimulator

    When other options fail, we may recommend an implant which sends electrical pulses to the nerves to relieve migraine pain. Learn more about Spinal Cord Stimulators

Migraine Awareness Month is the Time to Get Help

Masking symptoms with powerful painkillers not only dulls pain, but can also dull your quality of life. If you or someone you know is suffering with constant migraine headaches, and traditional treatments have failed, let this June be the last month of needless suffering. Contact the Segura Neuroscience & Pain Center today at (985) 231-6751 to schedule an appointment with an interventional pain specialist and reclaim your life.

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