The pain from migraine headaches can be highly disruptive and difficult to manage, especially if they happen regularly. The pain management experts at Metro Pain and Vein Centers in Clifton, Middletown, Riverdale, Edison, and Jersey City, New Jersey, and Staten Island and Ardsley, New York, provide treatment that can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Migraines are powerful headaches that cause severe, pounding pain, on one side of the head, in the temple or behind the eyes and ears. Symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound, can also accompany the headaches. They can last up to 72 hours and are usually a recurring condition that begins in childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood.
Many people who experience migraines get “auras” beforehand, which indicate that a migraine is on the way. Auras can include flashes of light and feelings of tingling, weakness, or numbness in your muscles. For many people, migraines decrease in frequency and severity with age.
Knowing your triggers, such as lack of sleep, not eating enough, or weather changes can help you predict and control your migraines. Your doctor at Metro Pain and Vein Centers can also prescribe medication to prevent migraines or relieve the pain when you get them.
As an alternative to medication, the doctors at Metro Pain and Vein Centers also provide minimally invasive in-office procedures that directly target pain signals, including Botox® and sphenopalatine ganglion blocks.
Botox is an injectable medication that blocks nerve activity and causes muscles to relax. Its muscle relaxing qualities make it an effective cosmetic treatment for facial wrinkles, but Botox also has a wide range of medical applications, including treating migraines. Botox injections can prevent pain signals from traveling to the nerves in your head and neck.
Botox can also significantly reduce how often you get migraines. Your doctor may recommend Botox if you get headaches, including migraines and tension headaches, at least 15 days a month, and if at least eight of those headaches are migraines. Botox is not recommended for patients who get fewer than eight migraines per month or 15 headaches overall.
You’ll receive Botox treatments every 12 weeks. You can expect to see a reduction in the frequency of migraines two to three weeks after your first treatment.
The sphenopalatine ganglion is a bundle of nerve cells connected to the trigeminal nerve, which is the primary nerve involved in migraines. A sphenopalatine ganglion block is a minimally invasive procedure that involves applying a topical anesthetic to the ganglion through your nose to block pain signals and provide relief from migraines.
Sphenopalatine ganglion blocks are designed to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines for weeks at a time, depending on the person. It’s safe for you to receive sphenopalatine ganglion blocks as often as you need to get optimum relief. They may be the most appropriate option for you if prescription pain medication is ineffective or causes significant side effects.
To get relief from migraines, book an appointment with Metro Pain and Vein Centers online or over the phone today.