What are Migraines?
Migraines are severe, painful and recurring headaches that typically last from 4 to 72 hours. A migraine is characterized by throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. You may also experience nausea, vomiting or an extreme sensitivity to sound and light. In severe cases, these symptoms can be debilitating and can affect your daily activity. Though the exact cause of migraines remains unclear, they are generally brought on by abnormal brain activity. Triggers can include caffeine withdrawal, hormonal changes, alcohol, stress and changes in sleep.
For some migraine sufferers, a warning symptom known as an aura occurs before or with a headache. Auras are reversible symptoms of the nervous system. They can include visual disturbances, such as blind spots, flashes of light or vision loss, or bodily disturbances, such as a numbing or tingling sensation on one side of the face or in the arm or leg. Some people also experience weakness or difficulty speaking before or during headaches. If you experience these symptoms, or you think you may suffer from migraines, take our quiz to determine whether migraine surgery is an option for you.
What is Migraine Surgery?
Migraine surgery is a procedure designed to reduce and prevent migraines. New studies have shown that many migraines are initiated by irritation of nerves in the head and neck outside of the brain, also called peripheral neuralgias. Migraine surgery involves reducing this inflammation by decreasing pressure from surrounding structures, such as muscles and blood vessels, and decompressing the nerves that have shown to trigger headache symptoms.
This treatment is a breakthrough therapy that has significantly improved migraine symptoms for approximately 90 percent of patients treated. Depending on the severity of your condition, migraine surgery may either result in a complete disappearance of symptoms or a significant reduction in pain and discomfort associated with headaches. For many patients, the benefits of this surgery have proven immeasurable, having included increased productivity, decreased sensitivity to light and sound, and easier and more comfortable social interaction. Even for patients with less than perfect results gain the ability to rejoin life and spend more time with loved ones.
For patients who suffer severe or chronic migraines, medications and other remedies do not always prove useful. In these cases, headache symptoms can be debilitating and can eventually affect your quality of life. Our headache center in Santa Barbara is dedicated to restoring the comfort and happiness of patients who suffer migraines. Having endured these symptoms himself for many years, highly accomplished surgeon Dr. Adam Lowenstein developed the Migraine Surgery Specialty Centre to provide patients with world-class care, expertise and treatment that would allow them to embrace a higher quality of life.
Our migraine quiz is the first step to helping patients understand more about their symptoms and whether migraine surgery is a suitable option. Take the quiz today to determine if you are a candidate!
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