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Advanced Pain Solutions -  - Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Advanced Pain Solutions

Interventional Pain Management Specialists Located in Grand Rapids and Ionia, MI

Migraines are one of the most intense and long-lasting headaches you can experience, potentially lasting several days if you don’t get treatment. At Advanced Pain Solutions in Ionia, Michigan, the team has years of experience using advanced treatments to relieve your migraine pain and prevent or reduce future attacks. You don’t need to keep suffering from migraines when effective treatments are available. To learn about your options, call the office or connect online. Advanced Pain Solutions is proud to serve the greater West Michigan area.

Migraines Q & A

 

What are the different types of headaches?

There are a wide variety of headaches, but they’re all placed into two general categories:

Primary headaches

A problem in your head or neck directly causes these headaches. The most common types are tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches.

Secondary headaches

Secondary headaches develop due to an underlying health condition such as sinus congestion, traumatic brain injury, and medication overuse.

 

What triggers migraines?

A migraine is a neurological condition that starts when something triggers activity in the cranial nerves. There are many possible triggers, but some of the most common are:

  • Stress
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Lack of sleep
  • Weather changes
  • Dehydration
  • Missing meals
  • Certain foods
  • Food additives
  • Change in hormone levels

 

What symptoms develop due to a migraine?

About one-third of migraine patients experience aura before their migraine begins. Aura usually appears in the form of visual changes such as seeing flashing lights or wavy lines.

Once your migraine starts, you have symptoms such as: 

  • Severe pain around one or both temples
  • Throbbing, pulsating pain
  • Sensitivity to lights, smells, or sounds
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Vertigo

Migraines last at least four hours and may go on for several days. 

 

How are migraines treated? 

After reviewing your medical history and performing an exam, your Advanced Pain Solutions provider recommends one of the following migraine treatments:

Pain-relieving and preventive medications

You may need medication to minimize pain once a migraine starts. You can also take daily medications that reduce the frequency and severity of future migraines.

Botox® injections

If you have a migraine for 15 or more days a month, you may be a good candidate for Botox injections. Botox blocks nerve signals, which reduces the frequency of future migraines.

Nerve blocks

Nerve blocks relieve migraines by injecting an anesthetic that blocks the nerves sending pain signals. A peripheral nerve block targets nerves near the back of your skull or temple. A sphenopalatine ganglion block targets the trigeminal nerve, which is associated with migraines.

Infusion cocktail

An infusion cocktail contains a combination of medications that your provider administers through intravenous infusion. This treatment may provide rapid relief from migraines.

Facet joint radiofrequency ablation

When your migraine is associated with inflamed or irritated cervical facet joints, your Advanced Pain Solutions provider may perform radiofrequency ablation (RFA). RFA uses radiofrequency energy to effectively block the pain signals.

Ketamine infusion

Ketamine is a safe anesthetic medicine that can relieve migraine pain when infused intravenously in a low dose. 

If you need relief from migraines and would like to, schedule an appointment. Call the office or connect online.

 

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