Advanced Pain Institute

Arcadia | Encino


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A migraine is a common neurological disease that causes a severe throbbing and pulsing headache usually on one side of the head. Its exact cause is still unknown, but research suggests that it could be due to abnormal brain activity that releases inflammatory substances into the nerves and blood vessels of the head. But one thing is certain, a migraine headache 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, Dr. Michael Minehart 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. Miniehart is dedicated to treating migraine/headaches that don’t respond to traditional anti-migraine medications. Migraines/headaches can have several origins 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

At least 39 million Americans suffer from migraines according to the American Migraine Foundation. 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. 

  • One of the best ways to prevent migraines is recognising the things that trigger a migraine attack and avoiding them. Below are some of the most common migraine triggers: 

    • Stress
    • Physical activities
    • Changes in sleep patterns
    • Hormonal changes
    • Hormone replacement therapy
    • Medication overuse headaches
    • Certain foods or ingredients
    • Alcoholic drinks
    • Birth control pills
    • Environmental and seasonal factors

There are many types of migraines including complicated migraine, common migraine and chronic migraine. Symptoms can be similar to some types of migraines but the most common ones include: 

  • Head pain
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen temples
  • Sensitivity to bright 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, consider visiting the Advanced Pain Institute to get the quality care and treatment you need.

Migraines are chronic. Meaning, they can’t be “cured” but they can be managed and improved. Depending on the severity of your migraine headache, you may be given abortive treatments like nasal sprays and triptans and ditans or preventive treatments such as beta blockers and antidepressants. 

Dr. Michael Minehart and the Advanced Pain Institute offer the following treatments:

  • 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.

We will provide personalized treatment plans to meet your unique needs and bring you relief from painful migraines.

Arcadia | Encino


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