Advanced Pain Institute

Arcadia | Encino


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A sharp, stabbing migraine can ruin your day, impairing your mental focus and even impeding ordinary physical activities due to sheer pain. At the Advanced Pain Institute in Arcadia and Encino, California, I. Michael Minehart, M.D. is dedicated to treating migraines with innovative and reliable methods to relieve his patients’ pain and improve their quality of life. Along with these treatment options come thorough assessments of factors that can contribute to migraines, from sleep quality to stress management, nutrition and other lifestyle factors that might be causing, triggering or worsening migraines. Contact the Advanced Pain Institute to schedule a consultation.

Dr is dedicated to treating migraine/headaches that don’t respond to traditional anti-migraine medications. Migraines/headaches can be multi-factorial in origin and one must think of the trigeminal nerve when patients have tried every modality and continue to suffer from migraine/headaches. Recently, treatment modalities for autoimmune conditions have been successfully used to prevent recurrent headaches. This makes me believe that there is an inflammatory process that may be contributing to this very complex condition. A need for a diagnosis is vital to treating migraine/headaches.

Migraines Q & A

There are multiple factors that contribute to migraines. Changes in the brainstem and interactions with major pain pathways can cause some migraines. Brain chemistry also plays a role, and serotonin level imbalances are associated with migraines as well as mood disorders. When migraine attacks occur, serotonin levels are usually reduced. This can stimulate the trigeminal nerve to release neuropeptides that lead to head pain. There are many factors that can contribute to head pain, and research is ongoing.

  • Stress
  • Physical activities
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Hormonal changes
  • Medication
  • Certain foods or ingredients
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Environmental and seasonal factors

Aside from head pain, migraines can have other symptoms including:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen temples
  • Sensitivity to light and sound

Migraine pain can be debilitating and severe. So if your migraines are impeding your ordinary activities and decreasing your quality of life, visit the Advanced Pain Institute and I. Michael Minehart, M.D. will provide you with the quality care and treatment you need.

I. Michael Minehart, M.D. and the Advanced Pain Institute offer the following treatments:

  • At first, your physician will assess your symptoms to determine the best way your migraine can be treated and relieved while preventing future migraines.
  • If needed, your physician can prescribe medications like anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants if muscle tension is contributing to the migraines.
  • For migraines that involve inflammation or nutrient deficiencies, anti-inflammatories as well as nutritional supplements and lifestyle changes might be recommended.

I. Michael Minehart, M.D. and the Advanced Pain Institute will provide personalized treatment plans to meet your unique needs and bring you relief from painful migraines.

Arcadia | Encino


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