A migraine is a type of headache that can cause very severe symptoms that can interfere with daily life, including:
Migraines happen with varying frequency. Some patients have them a few times a week while others have them only a few times a year.
Auras are sensory disturbances that occur prior to the migraine, usually around 10-60 minutes before the onset.
Auras often include visual disturbances like flashing lights or blind spot in the field of vision.
Less commonly, auras can include problems like a pins and needles sensation in the hand or the face.
A migraine with aura can even cause patients to lose vision for a short period.
Symptoms of this kind of migraine include nausea, blurry vision, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, and sensitivity to certain smells.
The duration of a migraine with aura is typically 4-72 hours.
In a common migraine — also called a migraine without aura — the patient doesn't experience an aura so they have little warning that it's about to begin.
A common migraine includes moderate to serious pulsing type pain. Pain is typically focused on either side of the head.
Additional symptoms are the same as those of a migraine with aura, including nausea, blurry vision, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, and sensitivity to certain smells.
A common migraine usually lasts 4-72 hours and will eventually resolve on their own.
Medical care can end the common migraine much faster and allow the patient to be comfortable again.
Treatment of migraines is tailored to the patient at Bronx Park Urgent Medical Care. The focus is on getting the patient out of pain as quickly as possible, and once that's achieved a long term solution can be designed.
For patients who are suffering from a migraine at the time they come in, medications can be administered on the spot. This may be in pill form, in injection form, or in the form of a nasal spray.
Migraine preventive medications can also be prescribed. These medications can help patients have fewer migraines, reduce the severity of migraines, and reduce the duration of migraines.
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