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From Dr. Carol Rupe: Important Medical Information for Patients Dealing with Migraine Headache Pain
Migraine headaches can strike without warning, the pain can be so intense as to leave you bed ridden. With her knowledgeable background in treating headache disorders, Dr. Rupe wants patients to know some key facts about migraines.
Migraines are a Chronic Condition
Migraine headaches can strike without warning. The pain can be so intense as to leave you bed ridden. Migraines sometimes coincide with various symptoms such as vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and blurred vision. Patients also report seeing bright flashing dots, blind spots, and auras (wavy or jagged lines) which are signals of an oncoming migraine. Other onsets of a migraine include fever, nausea, and tingling sensations in the body’s extremities. A person suffering from a migraine usually experiences moderate to severe throbbing pain that can affect the whole head or shift from one side of the brain to the other.
Migraines Require Treatment
Although there is no medically known cure for chronic migraines, there are two approaches to treating them. Abortive therapy focuses on stopping the migraine once it starts. Medication should be taken when you feel the migraine coming or if it has already started. Patients report this form of therapy particularly useful if they typically feel nausea or vomit during the onset of a migraine. Medicines used for abortive treatment usually mimic the function of the neural transmitter serotonin in the brain. Abortive medications deploy to quickly reduce the swelling of blood vessels in the brain, effectively stopping migraine pain.
Doctors recommend the second form of treatment, known as preventative therapy, when migraines occur frequently or are particularly severe. This form of therapy aims to reduce how often migraines occur and lower the intensity of the pain. Taken on a daily basis, these medications include drugs designed to also treat high blood pressure, depression, and seizures.
Charlotte’s Premiere Can Help You Manage Your Migraines
Even though migraines present an ongoing problem for many people, the right treatment can make the pain easier to manage. If you have any questions or concerns about your migraine troubles feel free to call the the expert staff at Charlotte’s Premiere Health at 704-510-4366, or visit us at our office in the university area of Charlotte at 3230 Prosperity Church Rd. We invite you to discover everything missing from modern medicine today!
As your personal family physician, Dr. Carol Rupe at Charlotte’s Première Health is ready to educate, inform and treat a wide range of medical issues for those in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg area. When you choose a primary care doctor, having diverse specialties and the ability to care for the whole family is important. Many primary care physicians will only refer for many issues, whereas Dr. Carol Rupe is qualified to treat the whole family – from pediatrics and toddlers, to adolescents, and adults including geriatrics.
Dr. Carol Rupe, your personal family physician and national speaker, wants you to discover medicine the way you remember... only better. In Charlotte, NC - Charlotte's Première Health provides superior care from pediatrics & whole family to the elderly.