Migraines

Advanced Integrated Medical Center

Multidisciplinary Medical Center & Regenerative Medicine located in Blackfoot, ID

If you suffer from migraines, you know how debilitating the pain can be and how it keeps you from doing the things you enjoy. Dee Scott Stevens, DC, and Kenneth Lowther, NP, at Advanced Integrated Medical Center in Blackfoot, Idaho, can help you get relief from your migraines. For migraine care, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Migraines Q & A

What are migraines?

Migraines are a type of headache that causes you to feel a throbbing sensation on one side of your head. The pain can last anywhere from three hours to three days. Your genetics and environment may increase your risk of developing migraines.

What are the symptoms of migraines?

Migraines tend to develop in stages, which cause different symptoms. Migraine stages include:

Prodrome

You may first notice your migraine symptoms one to two days before your head pain begins. This is referred to as the prodrome stage. During this stage, you may develop food cravings or experience changes in mood.

Aura

Most people with migraines don’t experience the aura phase, which can occur before or during your attack. During the aura phase, you may have a range of neurological symptoms, such as vision loss, pins and needles in your extremities, or auditory disturbances.

Attack

The attack refers to your migraine head pain, which is a throbbing or pulsing sensation that you feel on one side of your head. The pain can also cause nausea and vomiting.

Postdrome

After you’ve recovered from your migraine you may go through the postdrome stage, which lasts up to 24 hours. During this stage, you may feel exhausted, weak, and confused.

What are common migraine triggers?

Many migraines develop from an underlying trigger. Being able to identify what triggers your migraine may help you get targeted treatment.

Common migraine triggers include:

  • Hormonal changes during menstruation
  • Alcohol
  • Exercise
  • Food additives
  • Stress
  • Medications
  • Change in weather
  • Strong smells

While you may not be able to control all the possible triggers of your migraines, making a few lifestyle changes may help prevent some of your attacks.

What is the treatment for migraines?

Treatment for your migraines at Advanced Integrated Medical Center is individualized based on your symptoms and triggers. Dr. Stevens works closely with you to develop the most effective plan, which may include:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Diet and lifestyle modification
  • Pain injections

Mr. Lowther may administer pain injections to help you get relief from your migraine symptoms, including:

  • Trigger point injections
  • Lidocaine injections
  • Procaine injections

These injections may provide almost instant relief from your migraine pain.

For migraine care and pain relief, call Advanced Integrated Medical Center today, or schedule an appointment online.