Migraine

Chad Stephens, DO -  - Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine Physician

Noble Pain Management & Sports Medicine

Chad Stephens, DO

Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine Physician located in Southlake, TX & Fort Worth, TX

Having migraines can cause such excruciating pain that you’re unable to perform your daily functions. Chad Stephens, DO, at Noble Pain Management & Sports Medicine in Southlake and Fort Worth, Texas, can help you find the cause of your migraines and help you manage the pain. For expert treatment for your migraines, call the office today.

Migraine Q & A

What causes migraines?

It’s believed that migraines, as opposed to tension or a sinus headache, occur due to changes in the brainstem and how it interacts with a major pain pathway. It may also be related to an imbalance of essential brain chemicals that help regulate pain, such as serotonin.

For most patients, there’s some form of trigger behind a migraine. Women often experience migraines as their hormones fluctuate, for instance. Certain foods also trigger migraines, such as certain kinds of cheese or wine. The additives in food tend to be a trigger, too, like artificial sweeteners or preservatives.

Other potential triggers include:

  • Stress
  • Changes in weather
  • Medications
  • Bright lights

Triggers are particular to the patient, so the cause of your migraine attacks may be difficult to determine. Often, Dr. Stephens tells patients to keep a headache journal to track their possible triggers.

What is pain management?

As the name suggests, pain management is a branch of medicine that improves quality of life by easing the pain. It’s a broad discipline that can apply to numerous conditions beyond migraines.

For instance, a person with arthritis might contact Noble Pain Management & Sports Medicine with the goal of becoming more mobile. Pain management is often considered for:

  • Chronic back pain
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia

These conditions can lead to daily or consistent pain. After your consultation with Dr. Stephens, you’ll have a greater understanding of how to manage your pain or eliminate it.

How is pain management handled for migraines?

That depends on numerous factors. The staff at Noble Pain Management & Sports Medicine first provide immediate symptom relief to ease the patient’s discomfort. That might include pain medication to abort a potential headache or relieve an active one.

The long-term treatment plan might include preventive options once a headache subsides. Dr. Stephens looks for a pattern to the headaches and may order tests to rule out possible causes like blood vessel problems or infection.

Often preventive medication plays a role in pain management for migraines. It’s a medication that one takes to abort a headache before it starts, particularly when the warning symptoms of an impending migraine attack occur.

If you suffer from migraines and are looking for a solution to your pain, call Noble Pain Management & Sports Medicine today.