A migraine is a neurological disorder causing extreme head and neck pain. More severe than other types of headaches from tension or eye strain, a migraine can be debilitating. Affecting anywhere between 12-16% of the American population, migraine is most often seen in people between the ages of 15 and 55, and women are about three times as likely than men to suffer from migraine.
Chronic migraine is defined as “when a person indicates the presence of a migraine for at least 15 days out of the month over the duration of 6 months,” and is estimated to cost the US over $20 billion a year in medical expenses and lost productivity.
Individuals who have migraines are likely to have certain triggers that initiate an attack. Common migraine triggers include:
• Hormonal imbalances
• Hormonal fluctuations
• Environmental stimuli (bright lights, weather)
• Alcohol use
• Poor sleep patterns
• Certain foods, preservatives and smells
Despite knowing many of the common triggers for migraines, doctors have yet to determine what is different in the brains of those afflicted by this condition – but with persistence in locating the triggers and root area of the pain, the prevalence of migraine can be lessened or potentially relieved completely.
Enam Haque, MD, FACS, of Queen City Plastic Surgery is specially trained in migraine surgery. This minimally invasive technique is provided as an outpatient procedure and has provided relief for many who have not been helped by other medical means.