What is a migraine?

A migraine is a headache that causes intense pain and is often accompanied with additional symptoms. Along with intense pain, migraines often cause nausea or changes in vision. They may last for a few hours up to a few days.

Symptoms associated with a migraine include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain that increases with physical activity
  • Sensitivity to light, smells, or sounds
  • Pain behind one eye or ear
  • Pain in the temples

 

If you have any of these symptoms or additional symptoms including numbness or weakness, visit Our Urgent Care right away.

How did I get a migraine?

There is no clear reason as to why a migraine occurs. Migraines are often triggered by something specific. Some common migraine triggers are:

  • Stress
  • Changes in the weather conditions
  • Specific foods – wine, cheese, or chocolate
  • MSG or preservatives, such as nitrates
  • Certain medications
  • Bright lights
  • Sinus Infection

 

Migraines affect women three times more often than men, typically right before or during a woman’s menstrual period.

How are migraines diagnosed?

There are no lab tests or x-rays for diagnosing a migraine. A careful history of your headaches is a very helpful tool to your provider so they can make a diagnosis efficiently.

Record the following:

  • Date and time of each attack
  • How long the migraine lasted
  • Type of pain that the migraine is causing
  • Location of the pain
  • Foods and drinks that you had before the headache began

How is my migraine treated?

Aspirin, acetaminophen, caffeine, ibuprofen and naproxen have all been shown to be effective in treating migraines. Even a simple caffeinated drink may help relieve symptoms. If your have a headache for more than a few days, and is accompanied by nasal congestion, you may have a sinus infection. Bacterial sinus infections can be treated with anit-biotics, viral sinus infections cannot.

Our Urgent Care will evaluate your symptoms and provide treatment to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.