Brain & Spine Specialists

Neurologists & Neurosurgeons located in Panama City, FL

If you’re one of the 38 million Americans who suffers from migraines, the debilitating headaches and other disruptive symptoms can severely impact your life. The neurologists at Brain & Spine Specialists, with two convenient locations in Panama City, Florida, offer customized migraine and headache treatments and management services to reduce your pain and restore your quality of life. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Migraine Q&A

What is the difference between a migraine and a headache?

A migraine is a neurological disorder that causes severe headaches that are usually on only one side of your head as well as other disruptive symptoms including:

  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and fragrance
  • Blurry vision
  • Visual disturbances like auras or halos
  • Nausea and vomiting

While migraines typically cause headaches, not all headaches are migraines. For example, you may develop a headache because of dehydration or as a symptom of a cold or other illness. You may also get a headache as a side effect of spending too much time staring at a screen or as an early warning sign of vision impairment.

Migraines usually last longer than headaches. For example, sometimes your pain and other symptoms may last for days. Migraines also often have warning signs such as mild visual disturbances or sensitivity to light or sounds before the full attack emerges.

What causes migraines?

Physicians and medical researchers haven’t identified a single specific cause of migraines. Current research indicates that imbalances in your hormones and neurotransmitters trigger migraine symptoms.

Your risk of migraines is higher if other people in your family suffer from them. You may also have a sensitivity to light temperature, certain foods, or allergies that trigger your migraines.

How are headaches and migraines treated?

The team of neurology experts at Brain & Spine Specialists offer comprehensive migraine and headache management services. After an initial consultation, physical exam, and testing, your provider creates a customized treatment plan to reduce or eliminate your headaches or migraines.

They offer state-of-the-art treatments including biofeedback, radiofrequency ablation procedures, and Botox® injections to repair or close the neural pathways that send the pain signals that cause your migraines. They also offer intravenous infusions and magnetic stimulation to relieve headaches and migraines.

How can I prevent migraines and headaches?

You should work with an experienced neurologist like those at Brain & Spine Specialists to identify any triggers for your migraines. For example, if you learn that dairy or bright light stimulates your symptoms and causes a migraine attack, you can adjust your diet or make other adjustments to reduce your exposure to your triggers.

You should also make healthy lifestyle choices to improve your overall wellness. For example, following a healthy, nutritionally-balanced diet and getting 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day enhances your health and can reduce your risk of a variety of health conditions that can make it harder for you to manage your migraines.

If you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines, call Brain & Spine Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.