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Integrative Spine & Sports

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians & Pain Medicine Physicians located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

One in every four households in the United States contains someone who suffers from regular migraines, and every 10 seconds someone heads to the emergency room complaining of head pain. These eye-opening statistics underscore the importance of seeking the right care for debilitating migraines and headaches, which can be found at Integrative Spine & Sports. Under the guidance of Jose Juan Diaz, DO, the team helps patients in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, find much-needed relief from head pain. To learn more, call or use the online booking tool.

Migraine Q & A

What are migraines?

Migraines are headaches that typically affect one side of your head with throbbing pain. Many migraines come in three stages:

  • Aura — visual disturbances
  • Attack — the onset of the head pain
  • Post-drome — the aftermath of the migraine

Some people, however, only experience the attack and aftermath, without an aura period leading up to it.

Migraines affect both genders and all ages in the U.S., as illustrated by the following prevalence among the general population who have experienced migraines:

  • 18% of women
  • 6% of men
  • 10% of children 

While pounding head pain is the hallmark of a migraine, other symptoms may accompany the headaches, including:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Gastrointestinal upset
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Weakness or numbness on one side of your face

The fact is that no two people suffer a migraine alike, but the good news is that there are effective treatments that can diminish the severity and frequency of your attacks.

What are the other common headaches?

Migraines garner most of the attention when it comes to headaches, but there are many different types of head pain, including:

  • Cluster headaches
  • Tension headaches
  • Sinus headaches
  • Head trauma
  • Neuralgia

This last condition — neuralgia — is a condition in which a damaged or compromised nerve causes pain. While neuralgia can affect any part of your body, when the nerve in question is your trigeminal nerve, it can lead to pain throughout your face, usually on one side.

How are migraines and headaches treated?

If you’re experiencing debilitating head pain, Dr. Diaz sits down with you to review your symptoms and your medical history. It’s important that you describe your symptoms clearly (even the conditions leading up to them) because the progression of symptoms is very important in diagnosing the source of your head pain.

Once Dr. Diaz has a clear idea of what type of headache you’re suffering from, he develops a treatment plan that best meets your unique situation and goals. To start, he addresses the head pain, but he also recommends treatments to reduce the frequency of your headaches, including:

  • Prescription medications
  • BOTOX® and Dysport® injections
  • Lifestyle changes, such as reducing caffeine
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Local anesthetics
  • Acupuncture

In rare cases where neuralgia is causing the pain, Dr. Diaz may recommend a surgical option to release the pressure on your nerve.

For relief from your head pain, call Integrative Spine & Sports or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.