Migraines are a type of headache that can range from severely painful to
completely debilitating. While the true underlying causes of migraines
are not known, these headaches are often prompted by certain triggers,
which may come from inside or outside the body. This June is National
Migraine Awareness Month—at
Riverside Community Hospital, we invite you to celebrate this event with us by learning more about
migraines, their causes, and their treatment options.
Common Migraine Triggers
Migraines can have many causes, some of which are genetic or environmental,
while others are personal or lifestyle-related. This condition can be
passed genetically from parent to child, and
women are more likely to experience migraines than men. Migraines have been linked to hormonal fluctuations in the body, as well
as sensory stimuli, stress levels, and even certain foods, drinks, and
food additives. Other common migraine triggers can include changes in
sleep patterns, some medications, and large-scale changes in the weather,
such fluctuations in barometric pressure.
Common Migraine Treatments
Unfortunately, there is no cure for migraines at the present date; however,
patients suffering from migraines can benefit greatly from ongoing monitoring
and care to determine their personal triggers and reduce the impact of
migraines when they do occur. Prophylactic treatments are used to reduce
the incidence of migraines as a preventive measure, and may include medication,
physical therapy, and even behavioral therapy or modifications. Abortive
treatments are used to treat migraines when they do occur, and typically
involve rest, isolation, and medication to reduce pain and improve other
symptoms. Discussing your personal history and health with your physician
is the first step on the road to preventing and treating migraines more
effectively to reduce their impact on your life.
Riverside Community Hospital is proud to offer healthcare services to our
community, including neurology, heart care,
bariatric weight loss, OBGYN care, and more. Our hospital is dedicated to providing cutting-edge
care, including digital mammography and robotic surgery in Riverside.
Please visit our website for more information about us, or call our Consult-A-Nurse
hotline at (951) 788-3463.