26 Nov Do You Suffer from Migraines? See A Pain Management Doctor
Pain is defined as an emotion, sensory, and unpleasant experience that is associated with potential or actual tissue damage. Most kinds of arthritis have pain that’s either acute, which is temporary or chronic, which is long term and can range from mild to severe. Chronic pain can affect a person physically, psychologically, emotionally and socially, having a negative impact on your overall quality of life.
Migraines are painful and they are often debilitating. There are many symptoms associated with migraines, which are often treated with migraine medications, anti nausea drugs, preventative medications, and pain relievers. However, they don’t always work as hoped. If you continue to suffer from migraines, you should request to see a pain management doctor, who will use a combination of drugs and other techniques to control migraines.
There are many different kinds of headaches but migraines tend to have a number of symptoms that are specific to them. Symptoms that are associated with migraines, and sometimes other headaches, include:
• Aura (specific to migraines)
• Sensitivity to light
• Blurred vision
• Sensitivity to noise
• Nausea, vomiting or stomach upset
• Loss of appetite
• Abdominal pain
• Fever (rare)
• Blind spots
• Sensitivity to odors
• Sensations of being very hot/cold
• Bright flashing dots/lights
• Jagged/wavy lines come with aura
• Moderate-Severe pain – it can affect the whole head, shift from one side to the other, throbbing, pounding
Pain Management Doctor Treatment Options
A pain management doctor will seek to eliminate your migraine pain by combining or
• Acupuncture – A trained professional will insert tiny needles into several areas of your skin designed to relieve your migraine pain.
• Biofeedback – This relaxation technique has been quite effective in eliminating migraine pain. Special equipment is used that is designed to monitor and control your physical responses pertaining to stress such as muscle tension.
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – This treatment has been shown to work in some migraine cases.
• Eliminate Triggers – Your pain management doctor will try to determine if you have triggers that cause your migraines.
• Herbs, Vitamins and Minerals – There are several herbs linked to preventing migraines or at least reduce the severity and the number of migraines you have. These include Willow Bark, Feverfew or Butterbur. High doses of B2 can reduce the frequency or even prevent migraines. CoQ10 has been known to decrease migraine severity. Some sufferers of migraines have low magnesium levels.
• Massage Therapy –Researcher continues to study how massage therapy can help in the prevention of migraines, but even without research, many have enjoyed migraine relief.
• Pain Medications –Ibuprofen, aspirin, acetaminophen, narcotics, barbiturates, etc. are used to eliminate pain.
• Triptans – These are medications that are designed to treat migraines. They include drugs like Imitrex or Maxalt. Triptans work by constricting blood vessels and interrupting the chemical chains that cause migraines.
Migraines affect more than 32 million Americans with the majority of sufferers being women. Migraines are serious, painful, and debilitating. They are also potentially life threatening. Your pain management doctor will seek to not only treat your migraines to eliminate the pain, but also to try to determine the cause of your migraines. He or she will also attempt to reduce the occurrences of your migraines and subsequently reduce the amount of time you are out of commission.