Migraine

Pain Management of Oklahoma

Pain Management Physicians located in Broken Arrow, OK & Sand Springs, OK

Migraine affects as many as 39 million Americans, both adults and children. Since migraine can lower your quality of life, dedicated pain specialists Brent Henderson, DO, and Jeff Halford, DO, offer integrative migraine management care at Pain Management of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Sallisaw, Grove, McAlester, and Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Call the office nearest you directly to book an evaluation today.

Migraine Q & A

What are the symptoms of migraines?

A migraine is more than just a headache. It’s a severe neurological condition that leads to head throbbing, pulsating, and visual disturbances. For one or two days leading up to your migraine, the prodrome stage, you may experience:

  • Neck stiffness 
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Increased thirst and urination

As your migraine approaches, you enter the aura stage. During aura, you might have:

  • Visual changes, such as seeing flashes of light
  • Pins and needles in your extremities
  • Uncontrollable movements

During your migraine attack, which can last for up to 72 hours, it’s common to experience:

  • Pain on one or both sides of your head
  • Extreme sensitivity to light and sound
  • Nausea and vomiting

As if all of these symptoms aren’t enough, after your migraine attack subsides, you may continue having problems. During the postdrome phase, you’re likely going to feel overly fatigued and confused. 

What triggers migraines?

Medical experts don’t fully understand migraines, although they do notice that migraine sufferers have abnormal changes in the way the brainstem interacts with the trigeminal nerve, a pain pathway. While hormonal fluctuations, stress, and abnormal sleep schedules may be to blame, migraine has several common triggers, including:

  • Alcohol 
  • Caffeine
  • Aged cheeses
  • Weather changes
  • Processed foods 
  • Food additives 
  • Artificial sweeteners

Because it can be tricky to pinpoint what triggers your migraine attacks, it’s helpful to keep a headache diary. When you come in to Pain Management of Oklahoma to meet with Dr. Henderson or Dr. Halford, you undergo comprehensive evaluations to try to pinpoint your migraine triggers, so you can get started on treatment. 

How does a doctor treat migraines?

The focus of your migraine treatment plan from Pain Management of Oklahoma is to stop any migraine pain you currently have, while working to prevent future issues. Dr. Henderson or Dr. Halford may recommend any of the following solutions:

  • Fast-acting pain relievers
  • Drugs to block brain pain pathways
  • Medications to prevent or lessen the severity of migraines

You can also have occipital nerve blocks at Pain Management of Oklahoma. These injections, which go into the back of your neck, block nerve signaling, so you can experience quick relief from the most agonizing of migraine pain. 

If you suffer from migraines, contact Pain Management of Oklahoma for an evaluation, so you can start treatment. You can book a visit with any office either online or over the phone.