If you suffer from migraines, you know they can incapacitate you and prevent you from living a normal life. Relief is available at Clark Integrated Medical Clinics in Lafayette and New Iberia, Louisiana. The passionate and dedicated medical team has more than 30 years of combined experience helping people with migraines. If you want a comprehensive treatment plan to reduce your migraine symptoms, call Clark Integrated Medical Clinics or schedule a consultation online today.
A migraine is a severe, throbbing headache typically on one side of your head. It can be accompanied by visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, as well as sensitivity to light, sound, touch, and smell, and may cause tingling and numbness in the extremities or face.
Migraines are a neurological disorder that affect 12% of the population. During a migraine, you may be unable to work at your normal capacity and may need to lie down in a darkened room until the pain passes, which can take up to 72 hours.
Unfortunately, the causes of migraines are unknown. There are known triggers, though. Some common triggers include chocolate, red wine, monosodium glutamate, changes in weather, changes in sleep patterns, and hormonal fluctuations.
Every person affected by migraines has their own unique triggers and migraine symptoms, so there is no specific pattern.
In 90% of cases, there is a family history of migraines. Migraines also disproportionately affect women, with 28 million women in the United States dealing with migraines.
Migraines are diagnosed based on your medical history, symptoms, and a thorough physical exam. Your doctor will aim to rule out other potential causes of your headaches such as trauma, infection, or musculoskeletal problems.
If your doctor suspects a migraine, they may work with a neurologist as part of your treatment. Since migraines are not well understood, they are considered a diagnosis of exclusion. In other words, all other causes must be ruled out as there is no specific test or study to diagnose migraines.
Migraine treatment can be complex and is unique for every individual. The expert team at Clark Integrated Medical Clinics will care for you with dedication and commitment. Your treatment may include chiropractic care, rehabilitation, medication, and lifestyle counseling to identify triggers.
Based on your medical history and symptoms, your doctor will work to reduce complicating factors — like musculoskeletal issues — that may trigger migraines. With proper treatment, you may be able to prevent migraines or reduce their frequency.
If you’re tired of suffering from migraines, call Clark Integrated Medical Clinics or schedule a consultation online today.