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Is it a Migraine?

We all get bad headaches from time to time, usually resolved with a little rest or over-the-counter relief. But for the 38 million Americans suffering with migraines, the experience is often much more intense—including debilitating symptoms that last for hours or even days on end. Without the right diagnosis and treatment, even simple daily tasks can feel impossible.

Understanding what you’re dealing with is the first step toward relief. Learn what to look for and how to take control with help from Nebraska’s leading headache expert.

Common Migraine Symptoms

Symptoms can vary from person to person, and from one attack to the next, but they usually include a mix of:

  • Unrelenting, pulsating pain that can affect the whole head, or shift from one side to the other
  • Sensitivity to light, noise and smells
  • Nausea and vomiting, upset stomach and/or abdominal pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling very warm or cold
  • Pale skin
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Fever (rare)

Migraines may last from four to 72 hours, or up to a week in severe cases. How often they occur differs for everyone, though there are common migraine triggers, from stress to weather changes, which can cause an onset at any time.

While the throes of a migraine can be excruciating, the after-shocks can bring their own problems. Many sufferers feel tired, irritable and have trouble concentrating in the hours following an attack.

Auras & More Warning Signs

The majority of migraines strike without notice, though about one third of sufferers experience signs of the impending attack. Called “aura”, the most common symptoms are visual, including bright flashing dots, blind spots, geometric patterns or wavy lines. Aura can also be sensory, such as numbness or tingling feelings, muscle weakness or speech impairment.

In addition, many sufferers experience “prodrome”, or a premonition phase. This usually involves irritability, restlessness, depression or a combination of these feelings right before a migraine hits.

Relief Starts with a Free Consultation

Call 402-552-8705 or click below to request your free, one-on-one consultation with Jeffrey Himmelberg, MD, a regionally recognized migraine expert right here at Fremont Health.

Dr. Himmelberg can discuss your symptoms, diagnose your headaches and explore a full range of treatment options. That may include SphenoCath®, a game-changing migraine treatment that blocks the nerves at the source of your pain, offering immediate and long-lasting relief.

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