Houston Specialty Clinic
Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Pulmonary, and Sleep Medicine located in Houston, and Sugar Land, TX
A migraine is a common neurological condition causing painful and debilitating symptoms. If you suffer from migraines, book an appointment with neurology specialist Joshua Rotenberg, MD, at Houston Specialty Clinic in Houston and Sugar Land, Texas. Dr. Rotenberg offers a number of advanced diagnostics and treatments to effectively manage your migraines. To schedule your visit, call today.
Migraines Q & A
What is a migraine?
A migraine is a type of recurring headache that can cause symptoms like:
- Pulsing pain
- Muscle weakness
- Seeing spots or stars
- Temporary vision loss
- Difficulty speaking
- Sensitivity to sound or light
In some cases, migraines can cause nausea or vomiting. In children, migraines have variability AND do not fit the expected pattern in adults. Migraines are often described as pulsating headaches. The pain caused by migraines may affect one side of the head and may be more debilitating than “regular” headaches. Some people experience warning signs like temporary vision loss or seeing zigzag lines before the onset of their migraine pain.
What causes migraines?
Migraines are common in people with a family history of the condition. Migraines also affect women three times more often than men. Did you know that before puberty, boys suffer from migraine more frequently than girls? The exact cause remains a unknown, a number of factors are known to trigger migraines, including:
- Bright lights
- Not getting enough sleep
- Certain medications
Severe or recurrent migraines can impact school and other daily activities. Migraines can be disabling. Dr. Rotenberg has extensive experience in helping patients manage their migraines,minimize symptoms and return to full function.
How are migraines diagnosed?
Before you begin treatment, Dr. Rotenberg performs a thorough evaluation to rule out other conditions like epilepsy or a stroke. During the evaluation, Dr. Rotenberg discusses symptoms and medical history. Heperforms a neurological exam, checking for any abnormalities to your brain functions.
In some cases, he may recommend an MRI or labs. Once you’ve been diagnosed, you and Dr. Rotenberg discuss your options for preventing and relieving your migraines.
What treatments are available for migraines?
Although there is no cure for migraines, Dr. Rotenberg offers a number of safe treatments to effectively manage your condition. Many patients achieve long-lasting relief with preventive medications. Dr Rotenberg has used newer injected preventive medications with success. Dr. Rotenberg works with you to determine the right option for you
What if medicine fails?
Dr. Rotenberg also offers advanced treatments such as botulinum toxin (e.g.) injections, CGRP injections, and neuromodulation. . Botox helps block the pain signals that result in debilitating migraine pain. Neuromodulation devices (TENS, CEPHALY, Gammacore, eNeura) use magnetiic pulses or low levels of electrical stimulation to stop migraine. To find out which treatment is right for you, call Houston Specialty Clinic today.