Introduction – Texas Migraine Clinic
When patients experience an unbearable headache that becomes common over time, it is known as a migraine. Sensitivity towards light can be a symptom associated with this throbbing pain that typically arises from one side of the head. The pain can be radiating, throbbing or dull, and may last from hours to days. It can also lead to nausea and vomiting.
- Changes in neurotransmitters of the brain
- Flashing light
- Blaring sound
- Profound smell
- Stress or hormonal changes
- Blind spots with numbness
- Throbbing or drilling headache.
Prodome is a phase that occurs typically 24 hours before the migraine headache actually begins and this can result in food cravings, frequent urination, uncontrollable yawning, fluid retention or unexplained mood swings
Infusion Therapy for Migraine Pain Relief
Most common as a treatment modality for migraine relief, intravenous therapy (IV therapy) is the infusion of liquid substance directly into the vein for the purpose of pain relief.
Based on your physician’s recommendation, different medicines can be administered to combat your migraine symptoms like reducing pain, lessening nausea and loosening blood vessels to allow them to return to normal size. Consequently, a comprehensive diagnosis is required before treatment can be administered specifically to your pain circumstance but once established, IV therapy can be used to treat the following scenarios:
- IV Lidocaine: Used to combat pain flare-ups and to interrupt the cycle of a migraine.
- IV Propofol: Paired with another type of medicine and used separately as a mild sedative before injecting the other medicine through the IV.
- IV Levetiracetam: Used for refractory migraines, cluster headaches and trigeminal neuralgia.
- IV Tramadol: Used for refractory migraines and pain flare-ups.
- IV Antinauseants: Used to combat nausea.
- IV MgSO4: Used for migraines and cluster headaches, and sometimes combined with antinauseants.
- IV steroids: Used for detoxification or to ease pain flare-ups.
- IV Dihydroergotamine (DHE): Used for migraines with the symptom of vertigo.
- IV Valproate sodium: Used for migraines and seizures.
- IV Methocarbamol: Used for migraines with symptoms of muscle spasms.
- IV Ketamine: Used to decrease the severity of migraines but not clear them.
If none of your other treatment modalities are working, IV therapy offers a proactive path to alleviate and manage your symptoms.
Schedule a consultation today to discuss your options with your physician and get started on your personalized path towards migraine pain relief.
Botox for Chronic Migraine Relief
Used now for more than just cosmetic purposes, this youthful skin elixir has been proven to be extremely effective as treatment modality for chronic migraine sufferers (those experiencing migraine pain 15 days or more per month).
How does it work? During a migraine, the body sends pain signals to the central nervous system. Botox works to block the signals before they reach the system so the body does not experience pain during a migraine.
There are several potential injection sites spanning the head and neck area and the initial treatment may often consist of more than 30 different injections in and around these various injection sites. Treatment for chronic migraine is commonly done once every three months and the timetable for relief ranges from results on the first treatment cycle to requiring two or three treatments before benefits can be recognized.
However, while this treatment modality is extremely effective for most individuals, there are potential risks that need to be assessed with your physician.
Schedule a consultation today to see if Botox is the right treatment for you!