Migraine

Edward C. Murphy, MD, PA

Neurological Surgery & Chiropractic located in Houston, TX & Pasadena, TX

Migraine is one of the most intense headaches you can experience, with symptoms like nausea and severe, throbbing pain that can last up to three days. Expert neurologist Edward C. Murphy, MD, and experienced chiropractor Bogar Ventura, DC, at Edward C. Murphy, MD, PA, offer comprehensive care. To get migraine relief, call one of the offices in Houston and Pasadena, Texas, or schedule an appointment online.

Migraine Q & A

What causes migraines?

Migraines are neurological disorders that occur from a combination of nerve reactions and the release of brain biochemicals. Each migraine begins in response to a trigger. These are a few examples of common triggers:

  • Stress
  • Caffeine
  • Fatigue
  • Bright light
  • Strong odors
  • Skipping a meal
  • Extreme heat and cold
  • Barometric pressure changes
  • Certain foods and additives

Treatment for migraines includes identifying and avoiding the triggers.

What symptoms develop during a migraine?

You might not experience all the stages of a migraine, but they progress through four possible phases:

Prodrome

In the day or two before your headache begins, you may notice subtle signs of a pending migraine, such as mood changes or food cravings.

Aura

About one-third of migraine patients experience an aura, which occurs about 30 minutes before your headache pain begins. Many patients experience vision changes, such as seeing flashes of light or wavy lines in your field of vision. You may also experience changes in speech, movement, or touch.

Attack

This stage marks the start of your migraine. During a migraine attack you’ll experience:

  • Severe, throbbing pain
  • Pain around one or both temples
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Vertigo (sensation of spinning)
  • Sensitivity to lights, smells, sounds, and touch

Migraines always last at least four hours, and they may go as long as three days.

Post-drome

You may continue to experience symptoms up to a day after your migraine ends. These symptoms include dizziness, confusion, weakness, and ongoing sensitivities.

How are migraines treated?

At Edward C. Murphy, MD, you can depend on comprehensive neurological and chiropractic care for your migraines. Studies show that chiropractic care, as a nonmedical line of treatment, may help relieve migraine pain. Dr. Ventura offers chiropractic techniques such as:

  • Spinal manipulative therapy
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Strengthening and stretching exercises

However, many migraine patients benefit from medical care. Dr. Murphy has extensive experience relieving migraine pain, developing customized treatment plans that may include:

Medications

Some medications reduce the severity and length of your pain when they’re taken at the first sign of a migraine. You may also take daily medications that prevent future migraines, reducing their frequency and severity.

Nerve block

Dr. Murphy offers advanced treatments such as an occipital nerve block, which relieves migraine pain that persists despite medication.

Botox injections

Patients with chronic migraine may get relief from Botox® injections, a preventive treatment that can significantly reduce the frequency of future migraines. 

To get comprehensive care for migraines, call Edward C. Murphy, MD, or schedule an appointment online.