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Family Medicine Associates, PC

Your Partners in Primary Care

Migraine Treatment

General Family Practice & Mental Health in Thornton, CO

Migraine services offered in Thornton, CO

A migraine is more than just a headache: it’s a neurological condition that affects your senses and can be debilitating. At Family Medicine Associates, PC, in Thornton, Colorado, the team of general family practitioners offers individualized treatment and preventive care for migraines. To learn more, call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today. 

What are migraines?

While many people think of migraines as a type of headache, they’re a neurological condition that can sometimes appear with no pain or pressure in the head at all. Whether or not your migraine comes with head pain, it can be debilitating and even disabling. 

Some people get migraines only occasionally, but if you experience migraines at least 15 days out of the month, you might have chronic migraine. Many factors can make your migraines worse or trigger their onset, including various foods, caffeine, and mood disorders.

The team at Family Medicine Associates, PC, specializes in diagnosing and treating recurrent or chronic migraines, and treatment can greatly improve your well-being.

What are migraine auras?

Not everyone with migraines gets them, but migraine auras are collections of symptoms and signs that indicate an upcoming migraine. These symptoms usually affect your speech and senses, including blind spots, speech changes, and ear ringing. 

What are the symptoms of a migraine?

When the actual migraine sets in, it’s called an attack phase. Attack phases can vary from person to person or even from migraine to migraine. Some of the most prevalent migraine symptoms are:

  • Headache, usually on one side
  • Light sensitivity 
  • Sound sensitivity
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Chills

Most migraines last for around four hours or so, but they can also be much longer. It’s possible to experience a single migraine for several days in a row. 

How can I control my migraines?

You may not be able to prevent migraines entirely, but individualized treatment can reduce the number of migraines you get and make them more manageable when you have them. After diagnosing you with migraines, the team at Family Medicine Associates, PC, develops a suitable treatment plan that includes lifestyle changes and clinical care. 

To treat or prevent migraines, the team at Family Medicine Associates, PC, might recommend:

  • Identifying and avoiding triggers
  • Botulinum toxin injections
  • Diet changes
  • Abortive medications (that you take during an attack)
  • Preventive medications
  • Exercise
  • Hormone therapy (for migraines linked to menstruation)

To better understand what causes your migraines and how they affect you, the team might encourage you to keep a migraine journal in which you record the circumstances surrounding each of your migraines. With information from your journal, the team can personalize and adjust your migraine treatment plan. 

If you experience migraines and are interested in exploring your options for treatment, call Family Medicine Associates, PC, or book an appointment online today.

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