Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management, Inc

Board Certified in Pain Management & Board Certified Pain Medicine & Board Certified Anesthesiology located in Centerville, OH

While headaches are extremely common, a true migraine is a collection of debilitating neurological symptoms that include excruciating head pain. If you suffer from migraines, contact Mervet Saleh, MD, a triple-board certified anesthesiologist and pain management specialist at the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management in Centerville, Ohio. Dr. Saleh and her team provide customized treatments to relieve migraine pain. Make an appointment today by calling the practice or using the online booking tool.

Migraine Q & A

What is a migraine?

A migraine is a complex condition that causes a variety of neurological symptoms, including a severe headache on one side of your head, sensitivity to light and sound, and nausea.

You may also experience visual disturbances like auras, flashes of light, zigzag vision, and blind spots. Additionally, you might have numbness or tingling sensations on one side of your face or in your arm. Migraine symptoms vary, so you may not have the same symptoms as another patient.

How is a migraine different than a headache?

While migraines are headaches, not all headaches, even the really bad ones, are migraines. Migraines cause additional neurological symptoms, while headaches are merely painful.

Also, migraine pain is often described as throbbing and exacerbated by any movement, as well as light, sound, and in some cases, certain smells. Headache pain is usually steady and described as pressure or tightness.

What cause migraines?

The causes of migraines aren’t fully understood. However, genetics and environmental triggers are known to contribute to the condition.

Some research indicates that migraines are caused by the way your brain stem interacts with your trigeminal nerve, one of the major neural pathways that send messages between your brain and body. Your serotonin levels drop when you have a migraine attack, which could cause your trigeminal nerve to send neuropeptides to the tissue that covers your brain, causing migraine pain.

Some of the known triggers for migraines include:

  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Certain foods and additives
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Bright lights and other sensory stimuli

If you have a family history of migraines, you’re more likely to experience them. You should talk to the pain management experts at the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management about your symptoms and triggers and get the help you need to relieve your pain.

How are migraines treated?

Dr. Saleh and the team at the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management provide customized treatments to reduce your migraine pain. For example, they may offer occipital nerve blocks to block the pain signals that travel through your occipital nerve to your brain.

They also provide stellate ganglion blocks. Your stellate ganglion is a cluster of nerves in your neck. When Dr. Saleh injects a nerve block, it stops the pain messages associated with migraine pain.

Don’t let migraine pain disrupt your life. Call the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.