Migraines are chronic headaches that cause moderate to severe head pain. Wael Faltas, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician who provides patient-centered care for migraines at Clinic Time in New Port Richey, Florida. He customizes migraine care using the most up-to-date scientific treatments available. Call the office or schedule your migraine appointment online today.
Migraines are a type of headache that causes a moderate to severe throbbing sensation on one side of the head. The head pain worsens throughout the headache and may last up to three days.
People with migraines may also suffer from other symptoms, like nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Migraines are recurring headaches. However, the frequency of migraines varies. Some people only have a few migraines a year, while others have several a month.
Everyone’s migraine experience is different. However, they can develop in stages. Knowing your migraine's early signs and symptoms may help you take action sooner.
The stages of your migraine may include any of the following:
Before you have head pain, you may experience prodrome symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, irritability, or fatigue.
Auras are the sensory symptoms that occur with migraines, such as seeing flashes of light or hearing sounds that aren’t there. Auras may occur before or during your headache.
Migraine headaches may last a few hours or a few days.
The postdrome stage occurs after your headache, causing symptoms like fatigue, a low mood, or euphoria.
Not everyone with migraines experiences these stages, and they may not occur with every headache.
You should schedule an appointment at Clinic Time with Dr. Faltas if you have regular or severe migraines that disrupt your life. Dr. Faltas is an experienced internal medicine physician who can design a plan to reduce the severity and frequency of your migraines.
During your consultation, Dr. Faltas thoroughly evaluates your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam. He may also order lab work or request imaging to rule out other conditions.
Dr. Faltas customizes your migraine treatment plan using the scientific method. Treatment may depend on the severity and frequency of your migraines but may include abortive and prophylactic treatments.
Abortive migraine treatments are medications that decrease the severity and length of your headache. This may include over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription migraine medications.
Prophylactic migraine treatment prevents migraines and may include medications and lifestyle changes to avoid your migraine triggers, such as certain foods.
Migraines are debilitating for many, but help is available. Call Clinic Time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Faltas, or request one online today.