Migraine/Headache Specialist

PremiumHealthcare

Internists & Primary Care Practice located in Crest Hill, IL & Downers Grove, IL

In the United States, more than 37 million people suffer from crippling, chronic headaches, or migraines. At Premium Healthcare, medical professionals help patients understand triggers and take preventive action to stop painful migraines and recurring headaches. They also offer effective treatment methods to limit their effect. If you’re constantly afflicted with migraines and headaches, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule a consultation at either the Downers Grove or Crest Hill, Illinois, office.

Migraines/ Headaches Q & A

What are migraines?

Migraines are severe headaches that cause throbbing pain usually on one side of your head. They can be so debilitating because they are often accompanied by physical symptoms, such as:  

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to sound or light

Migraines can result in crippling pain that lasts for just a few hours, or in the worse cases, days at a time. If you suffer from chronic migraines, you may experience warning signs before each migraine attack, like flashes of light or a tingling sensation felt on one side of your face.

Symptoms can vary depending on what type of migraines you get, but common symptoms that appear and progress gradually during migraine attacks include:

  • Seeing shapes, bright spots, or flashes of light
  • Loss of vision
  • Needle-like feeling in your arms or legs
  • Weakness or numbness on one side of your face or body
  • Trouble speaking
  • Hearing noises or music
  • Involuntary movements, jerking around

Why do I get migraines and frequent headaches?

The exact causes of migraines aren’t well understood. However, genetics and environment factors likely play a significant role. There are common triggers that cause migraines and frequent headaches, including:

  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Certain medications
  • Certain foods
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Bright lights
  • Strong smells
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Environmental factors (weather change)
  • Physical exertion
  • Sex

Your family history, age, and gender are also common risk factors. Women are three times more likely to get migraines than men. Many women get frequent migraines during pregnancy as a result of hormonal fluctuations.  

When should I see a medical professional about my migraines and headaches?

If migraines or frequent headaches affect your daily routine and make work or home life a struggle, seek medical intervention at Premium Healthcare. With the right medications, lifestyle modifications, and at-home remedies, you can find relief from migraines and frequent headaches.

How do you treat migraines and headaches?

Your provider may prescribe pain-relieving or preventive medications to help you prevent or limit the negative effect of your migraine symptoms. They also ask you questions about your lifestyle and have you document accounts of your migraines in writing to try to help identify triggers. This process can help you and your provider work together to develop lifestyle modifications that can help prevent future migraines.

For instance, if you come to find out that sensory stimuli like bright lights or loud noises may be causing your migraines, you can try to avoid them.

If you suffer from migraines or frequent headaches, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule a consultation at either the Downers Grove or Crest Hill, Illinois, office.