Migraines can produce intense pain. For some patients, migraines can be extremely debilitating and impede the ability to perform routine, daily activities. Over-the-counter pain relievers that work for regular headaches are not necessarily effective when it comes to migraine pain. If migraines are impacting your daily life and over-the-counter treatments are ineffective, then it’s time to seek help for your migraines. Dr. Ali Nairizi, the experienced doctor at United Pain Urgent Care in Reno, NV, treats migraines and can help you find relief from the pain.
What are Migraines?
Migraines are sometimes thought of as severe headaches, but they are actually neurological disorders. They can last just a few hours or as long as several days. Common characteristics of a migraine include an intense throbbing sensation in the head, sensitivity to light and sound, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.
Some patients also experience auras in conjunction with a migraine. Auras are sensory disturbances, such as seeing sparks, zig-zags, or bright dots. In addition to causing disturbances in vision, auras can also affect speech, making someone unable to speak clearly. Auras can include numbness or a tingling sensation, often on one side of the body.
Causes of Migraines
Many different factors can trigger a migraine. Some common causes of migraines include:
- Excessive stress
- Hormonal changes
- Intense physical exertion
- Changes in normal sleep patterns
- Exposure to loud sounds, bright lights, or strong smells
- Certain foods, additives, or medications
- Weather changes
- Alcohol or caffeine
When to Seek Treatment for Migraines
Many individuals try treating migraines with over-the-counter medications, which do not always provide substantial relief. Sometimes it’s best to seek professional medical care for help with your migraine. In some cases, a migraine can be a sign of another condition, such as a tumor or meningitis. A doctor can determine if your migraine is a symptom of another problem.
You should seek treatment for your migraine at our office in Reno if you experience any of the following:
- Stiff neck
- Vision changes
- Severe nausea and vomiting
- The pain is becoming progressively worse
- Symptoms have persisted for more than three days
- Home treatment methods are not providing any relief
Migraines can be extremely painful and debilitating, but help is available. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Nairizi to learn more about our treatments for migraines by calling United Pain Urgent Care in Reno, NV, at (775) 384-1380.