If you’re struggling with recurrent migraines that are interfering with your daily routine, Dr. James Ashford can help. He’s a board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain management specialist who is in practice at Ashford Pain Solutions in Athens, Georgia. He’s widely respected for his comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to effectively managing pain at its source. For a customized treatment plan that can keep migraines from spoiling your day, schedule a visit with Dr. Ashford today. Call the office or book your appointment online.

Migraine Q & A

How do migraines differ from other types of headaches?

Migraines are a type of headache that typically cause moderate to severe pulsing or throbbing pain on one side of your head. This is different from a tension headache, for instance, which usually starts at the neck and wraps around your head in a tight band-like sensation.

Headaches related to allergies and sinus issues usually cause pressure and pain in the forehead and facial cheeks. Migraines may occur frequently or only occasionally, and often include other symptoms such as nausea and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. You can also have a migraine that doesn’t include head pain.

What are the symptoms of migraines?

Migraines occur in four phases. You may or may not experience all the phases of a migraine. The prodromal phase starts 24 hours before the onset of a migraine and may cause food cravings, unexplained mood changes, and uncontrollable yawning.

The aura phase occurs just before or during the migraine. You may experience flashing or bright zig-zag lines in your visual field. Some patients report odd sensations, such as feeling as if they’re being grabbed or tingling in areas of the face.

Migraine pain is the third phase and typically starts gradually and becomes more severe. You may, however, experience all the symptoms of a migraine but not have any pain.

Other migraine symptoms include:

  • Increased sensitivity to odors
  • Vomiting
  • Postdrome symptoms that occur after the headache and can include exhaustion, weakness, and confusion for up to a day

How do you treat migraines?

Dr. Ashford usually recommends a combination of treatments to help resolve migraines, which may include:

Migraines are often triggered by things like stress, a poor night’s sleep, certain foods, and other issues you may be able to identify. Thus, an important part of your treatment plan often includes keeping a headache diary that gives you space to record migraine triggers and frequency, as well as the characteristics of your symptoms. Dr. Ashford otherwise customizes treatment plans to fit your situation and needs.

Take the first step toward effective migraine treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ashford at Ashford Pain Solutions in Athens, Georgia, today. Call the office or book your visit online.