What is a Migraine?
Definition of Migraines
Migraines represent one subset of headaches that typically involve severe throbbing or pulsating pain on one side of the head. This pain may linger for an extended period of time – usually between two hours and three days.
In addition, migraine pain is commonly associated with a variety of physical symptoms, including:
- Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
- Sensitivity to sound (phonophobia)
A migraine headache may be diagnosed by a primary care doctor. However, a neurologist consultation is recommended, especially if a patient is considering migraine surgery. The Migraine Institute employs cutting-edge, interventional migraine treatment for patients who already have a migraine diagnosis from a neurologist.
Are Migraines Common?
Research indicates that more than 37 million people deal with migraines, and approximately 5 million people in the United States experience at least one migraine per month. Migraines tend to affect women more frequently than men (18% of women compared to 6% of men), and they are most common in people between the ages of 35 and 55.
Is Your Headache a Migraine?
Your headache may be a migraine if you experience any of the following symptoms along with your headache:
- An aura (i.e. sense that the headache is about to come)
- Sensitivity to light, sound or other sensations
- Abdominal pain
- Changes in vision
- Upset stomach
Dr. Jonathan Cabin of The Migraine Institute is a board-certified head and neck surgeon with dual-subspecialty training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Cabin helps migraine patients achieve lasting relief through customized, cutting-edge, interventional treatments.
What Triggers a Migraine?
A migraine takes place inside the brain, but it actually begins outside the brain. During a migraine attack, an anatomical trigger delivers a faulty signal to the brain. This ultimately results in migraine pain inside the brain.
What to Expect During a Migraine Consultation
A migraine consultation begins before a patient walks through the door, with streamlined intake paperwork designed to gather critical information about this individual’s migraine history. After reviewing a patient’s migraine history, Dr. Cabin will perform a custom patient examination and order any necessary testing.
After analyzing patient data, Dr. Cabin will offer personalized migraine treatment recommendations. This includes a thorough explanation of how a prescribed treatment works and what to expect during and after treatment. Dr. Cabin also responds to any of a patient’s migraine treatment concerns or questions.
Schedule a Migraine Consultation with Dr. Cabin
Find out if you’re a candidate for effective, long-lasting migraine treatment. Set up a consultation with Dr. Cabin by calling us today at 310.461.0303 or filling out our online contact form.