A migraine is more than just a headache; it is a complex neurological disorder that happens to be the sixth most disabling illness worldwide. The pain, rather than the dull ache of a typical headache, is more of a sharp, throbbing sensation that can last hours to several days. It is also associated with other symptoms, such as blurred vision, difficulty concentrating, light and sound sensitivity, nausea, and vomiting. Fortunately, we have treatments at the Virginia Spine Institute to get patients through the worst of their migraines.
With an elite education and specialized training at top-notch institutions, Dr. Ebdlahad joins the interdisciplinary team at Virginia Spine Institute to diagnose and provide care for neuromuscular disorders. Dr. Ebdlahad is passionate about caring for his patients, and uses his expertise to detect and discover their trigger points and path for healing.
A migraine is diagnosed clinically based on the description of the headache and the symptoms associated with it. Headaches lasting 4 – 72 hours, occurring at least 5 times, and having some of the following characteristics are consistent with migraines:
All of these symptoms can add up for a pretty miserable experience, and inevitably cause a patient to call out of work or impede them from accomplishing their daily activities. When patients suffer from migraine headaches for at least eight days out of a month, for three straight months, they become a chronic problem.
The good news for patients who suffer from migraines is that we have a growing list of medications that can help. If a patient is having less than ten migraines per month, we focus on prescribing medications to stop headaches as they occur. If a patient is having migraines more than ten days per month, then our treatment approach has two parts. The first plan of action is to provide medications to stop the bad headaches. The second piece is to give other medications aimed at reducing the number of headaches as well as the pain level associated with each headache.
Common migraine treatments include: