Migraines Specialist

Pain Care, LLC

Interventional Spine & Pain Management located in Stockbridge, Newnan, Mcdonough, Johns Creek, & Griffin, GA

Approximately 39 million Americans experience migraine headaches. At Pain Care, LLC, serving the Metro Atlanta area, the pain management team provides highly customized care for migraines so you can return to a normal routine without constant fear of the next migraine attack. There are offices in Stockbridge, Griffin, Newnan, McDonough, and Johns Creek, Georgia, so call the one nearest to you or book an appointment online now.

Migraines Q & A

What are migraines?

Migraines are a severe type of headache that can cause extremely intrusive neurological symptoms. Migraines occur in attacks — episodes of pain and other symptoms that can last for 4-72 hours. 

Most people who have migraines have an attack a few times a month. But, at least four million Americans have chronic migraines that occur 15 or more days per month. 

Chronic migraines can cause total or near-total incapacitation, and they’re challenging to treat, which is why they require specialized pain management at Pain Care, LLC. 

What symptoms do migraines cause? 

Migraine symptoms commonly include:

  • Severe throbbing pain, usually on one side of your head
  • Light sensitivity
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Exhaustion

About 30% of people with migraines sometimes experience auras — sensory disturbances that can cause visual phenomena like blinking spots or sparkles — about an hour before the headache pain sets in. Auras can also include tingling in a limb, facial or body numbness, difficulty speaking, or other issues. 

What triggers migraines?

Experts believe that genetics cause migraines. If you’re predisposed to migraines, many different things can trigger the attacks, including:

  • Stress
  • Strobing or flashing lights
  • Food additives like MSG
  • Chocolate
  • Aged cheeses
  • Alcohol
  • Excessive caffeine or caffeine withdrawal
  • Strong odors
  • Loud noises
  • Dehydration
  • Lack of sleep 

Hormone fluctuations in women can also trigger migraines, which explains why migraines are three times more common among women. 

How are migraines treated?

Pain Care, LLC, prescribes a migraine management plan based on how often your headaches occur and how your symptoms affect your life. Occasional migraines might respond to over-the-counter medication and resting until the pain passes. But, if you have chronic migraines, you need a more specialized approach. 

The team prescribes migraine medications to reduce frequency and curb symptoms during migraine attacks. They can also help you take practical steps to identify and avoid your migraine triggers. 

If you have persistent disabling migraine pain, you may need injections, such as nerve block or trigger point injections to target the painful areas. Injections can potentially relieve your migraine pain for a few days, weeks, or months. 

The Pain Care, LLC, team can personalize a plan for migraine relief so you can live your life without migraines holding you back. Book an appointment online or by phone now.