Migraines Specialist

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Coleman Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Sterling, VA

Migraines can profoundly affect your well-being, impacting your work and home life. Linda Coleman, MD, and her team at Coleman Primary Care in Sterling, Virginia, offer quality care and treatment if you’re suffering from migraines, including innovative bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). If you have debilitating migraine headaches, call Coleman Primary Care or schedule an appointment online today.

Migraines Q & A

What is a migraine? 

A migraine is a severe form of a headache. Migraines are the third most prevalent illness throughout the world and affect around a quarter of households in the United States. More women than men suffer from migraines, and they’re most commonly a health concern between ages 25-55. 

When you have a migraine, you have severe head pain and may have other symptoms, including nausea, light sensitivity, and visual disturbances. Migraines can feel debilitating and could be a chronic, ongoing condition. 

Migraines are either acute or chronic. Acute migraines affect you acute less than 15 days a month and last less than 24 hours at a time. Chronic migraines affect you for at least 15 days a month and may last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. 

What causes migraines?

Generally, migraines aren’t a symptom of any underlying disease. The cause of your migraines may not be easy to understand. Some scientists believe that abnormal brain activity or constriction or dilation of blood vessels in the head cause migraine pain.

Common triggers of migraine pain include:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Poor quality sleep 
  • Missed meals 
  • Caffeine or alcohol withdrawal
  • Smells or perfumes
  • Smoking or exposure to tobacco
  • Stress or severe anxiety
  • Extreme sound or light

For some, foods or food additives such as chocolate, dairy products, MSG, and processed foods may trigger migraine pain.

What are the symptoms of a migraine?

A migraine is more than just a headache. Your primary care provider may characterize your head pain as a migraine if you have other symptoms, such as:

  • One-sided head pain
  • Blurry vision
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Mental fogginess 
  • Visual disturbances, like flashing lights or wavy lines
  • Eye pain
  • Light sensitivity

Some people experience an aura 10-15 minutes before a migraine, which is a patient-specific symptom that signals a migraine is beginning. For many, their aura involves some visual disturbance, but the aura is unique to each person. 

What are the treatments for migraines?

The team at Coleman Primary Care offers expert assessment and holistic treatment plans that may include: 

  • Medications
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
  • Dietary changes
  • Smoking cessation
  • Trigger avoidance
  • Stress management 

Alternative treatments may include massage or trigger point therapy. Your provider at Coleman Primary Care takes the time to understand your specific triggers and symptoms and creates a treatment plan that’s most effective to relieve your migraine. 

For a consultation about your acute or chronic migraines, call Coleman Primary Care or book an appointment online today.