Migraines are a neurological disease that affects 39 million men, women, and children in the United States and can cause symptoms that last for as long as three days. Though there are many treatment options for the management of migraines, not all methods work for everyone. The pain and addiction specialists, which includes medical marijuana certifying doctor Shawn Stranckmeyer, MD, at Green Leaf MD in Springfield, Missouri, take a holistic approach when working with you to design a treatment plan that alleviates your migraine symptoms. Call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.
Migraines are a neurological disease that causes an intense throbbing or pulsing sensation on one side of your head. The pain caused by a migraine may last a few hours or a few days.
Researchers are still investigating the underlying cause of migraines but believe genetics and environmental factors play a role in its development. It’s theorized that the pain condition may develop due to changes in the interaction between your brainstem and your trigeminal nerve, which is one of your major pain nerves. It’s also possible that migraines may occur due to an imbalance in the brain chemicals that regulate pain, which may include serotonin.
You may develop migraine symptoms at any time in your life. For many, the symptoms occur in stages, which may help predict the onset of the throbbing pain. The stages include:
A day or two before your migraine attack, you may experience prodrome symptoms such as constipation, food cravings, mood changes, or an increase in thirst.
The aura symptoms, which affect the nervous system and include symptoms such as flashes of light, difficulty speaking, or uncontrollable jerking motions, may occur before or during your attack. These symptoms can last a few minutes or up to an hour.
The migraine attack refers to the throbbing sensation in your head. As noted, this pain can last as long as three days.
After your attack, you may go through what’s referred to as post-drome. During this stage, you may feel drained or elated.
Not everyone with migraines experiences all of the stages.
It’s not unusual for migraines to go undiagnosed and untreated. If you’re experiencing symptoms that may be indicative of migraines, you should seek medical help. With the right combination of treatments, you can reduce the duration of your migraine or stop them altogether.
Treatment for your migraines may depend on the severity of your migraine symptoms. Your treatment plan may include medications that provide relief from your symptoms, as well as medications that may prevent the onset of your head pain.
The experienced pain management team at Green Leaf MD works closely with you to develop a plan that helps you gain control over your migraine pain, which may include medical marijuana. The chemicals in medical marijuana, which include delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), may alleviate your migraine symptoms or prevent the onset of your migraine altogether.
To schedule a consultation with the experienced team at Green Leaf MD, contact the office by phone or use the online booking feature.