What is Migraine?

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Migraine is a severe, recurring intense throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head. In 15-20% of attacks, other neurological symptoms occur before the actual onset of head pain.

Attacks are often accompanied by one or more of the following:

• impaired vision

• sensitivity to light, sounds, smells and touch

• nausea/vomiting

• dizziness

• tingling, numbness in head, face, extremities

Each episode can last on average between several hours to several days.

For many sufferers, migraine is a chronic disease that significantly diminishes their quality of life. While there are some effective migraine treatments including pain relievers, prescription migraine treatments, behavior and diet modifications, some sufferers could benefit from a surgical treatment for migraine.

In those whose specific condition has been diagnosed by a neurologist or primary care physician, Dr. Enam Haque can offer an outpatient surgery that releases the specific nerves in the head and neck that cause migraine. This procedure helps to decompress them, which relieves the nerve from constrictive tissue and may release the chronic compression that causes migraine.

Since not all headaches have the same cause, not every patient with headaches will be a suitable candidate for this treatment. Dr. Haque will work with your primary care provider or neurologist to help determine if this surgical treatment may be right for you. Please contact Queen City Plastic Surgery for more information.

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