The Center for Internal and Integrative Medicine
Integrative Medicine Doctors & Internists located in Alpharetta, GA
Mild headaches that you might get from time to time are usually little more of a nuisance, but migraines can impact your daily routine and make it difficult to function. These severe headaches can cause significant pain and other symptoms that prevent you from doing your normal activities. At The Center for Internal and Integrative Medicine, Dr. Eduard Fatakhov offers medical and natural treatments for patients in Alpharetta, Georgia, who suffer from migraines.
Migraine Q & A
What are the symptoms of migraines?
When you have migraines, you might experience the following symptoms:
- Severe pain on one side of your head, or on both sides
- Throbbing pain that lasts up to 72 hours in some cases
- Increased sensitivity to light, noise, odors, or touch
- Blurry vision
- Nausea with or without vomiting
In some cases, migraines cause symptoms before the actual attack starts. If this happens, you might experience flashes of light or other signs of auras.
Why do I get migraines?
The exact causes of migraines aren’t fully understood, but you’re more likely to get them if you’re exposed to certain triggers. These triggers, which vary from person to person, include the following:
- Hormonal changes, such as during pregnancy or menopause
- Certain foods, such as processed foods or foods with MSG and other additives
- Caffeinated beverages and alcohol
- Birth control pills and other medications
- Bright lights, strong odors, and other stimuli that affect your senses
- Sleep problems, including too much sleep
How are migraines treated?
Medical care for migraines includes nonprescription pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, triptans, and anti-nausea medications.
The type of treatment for your migraines depends on how severe they are and how often you get them, as well as whether or not you have any underlying medical conditions. Dr. Fatakhov also takes your personal preferences into consideration, such as whether you prefer medical treatments, natural treatments, or a combination of both.
What other treatments are available?
Dr. Fatakhov might recommend chiropractic care, such as upper spinal adjustments, to align your spine and ease pressure on nerves in your head. Amanda Hinson, a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), provides this care at The Center for Internal and Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Fatakhov might also discuss natural forms of treatment, such as taking certain vitamins, minerals, and herbs to reduce the risk of migraines. Additionally, Dr. Fatakhov also offers botox treatment for patients with chronic migraines.
How can I prevent migraines?
Avoiding being exposed to the triggers that affect you helps prevent migraines, but this isn’t always possible. Dr. Fatakhov can provide you with other ways to reduce your risk of migraines. Some of these might include making lifestyle changes, such as managing stress and exercising. Preventive medications, which help reduce the number of migraines you have and how severe they are, might also help.
If you need treatment for migraines, please contact The Center for Internal and Integrative Medicine to make an appointment with Dr. Fatakhov.
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