Migraine headaches stop you from enjoying life. They’re debilitating and recurring, but each episode often passes through several migraine stages. These stages give you a warning that a migraine attack is on the way and indicate when the attack is over. No matter which of the migraine stages you’re currently facing, you can get relief from Dr. Amr Hosny and his team at the Advanced Headache Center, with offices in Midtown NYC or throughout Bergen County, NJ. A Harvard-trained physician, Dr. Hosny, addresses your pain, teaches you to recognize the migraine stages, and helps you avoid future attacks. Call today for an appointment at the nearest center.
Migraine headaches are considered the sixth most disabling illness in the world. More than one million emergency room and doctor visits every year in the U.S. are due to severe migraine episodes. Additionally, migraines:
If you have bouts of severe headaches that affect your daily life activities, you likely suffer from migraines. That’s reason enough to visit Dr. Amr Hosny and his team at the Advanced Headache Center in Manhattan or Paramus, NJ. Dr. Hosny has special training to diagnose your migraine and takes immediate action to relieve your pain and treat the causes.
The painful, repeated migraine headaches don’t occur as sudden, surprising events. Instead, they most often develop through a series of identifiable migraine stages. A migraine headache causes symptoms that can change over hours or days throughout the course of the migraine episode. The four migraine stages include:
You may not experience all the intermediate stages every time, but being able to recognize the signs of each helps you become aware of an approaching episode so you can seek the best treatment. The Advanced Headache Center has eight locations around Midtown New York and Bergen County, New Jersey, to serve you better. State-of-the-art technology and compassionate staff deliver an accurate diagnosis and proven migraine treatments.
The prodrome is the first phase of a migraine episode. Most migraine sufferers feel the prodrome stage before a full-on migraine attack makes itself known. It always precedes a migraine attack, sometimes occurring hours before the actual headache. Some signs of the prodrome stage include:
Not all these symptoms may affect you. You may experience one or two consistently that seem fairly well attuned to your migraine. It helps your doctor if you start a migraine diary. This simple document tracks the day and time that you experience each stage of every migraine.
The aura stage induces a sensory effect. While most people notice a visual disturbance, it can also affect a different sense. Some of the effects may include:
Only about a fifth of migraine sufferers experience auras, which usually don’t last more than 30 minutes. While normally, an aura signals an oncoming migraine, it may happen simultaneously as the headache begins. If you notice any of the pre-attack signs, you learn to recognize that a migraine attack is coming.
While the other stages may feel disorienting, the migraine attack stage is by far the most debilitating. Characterized by sharp, throbbing pain, a migraine can hit one or both sides of your head. A severe headache often starts above your eyes. Other descriptions of a migraine include:
Sometimes, a migraine attack is accompanied by nasal congestion, nausea, and vomiting. A migraine attack can last as long as three days or as short as four hours. If your headache lasts longer than three days, it may be status migrainosus, which requires immediate medical attention.
After your throbbing headache subsides, you may experience this post-migraine phase, which resembles a hangover. A vast majority of migraine sufferers experience prodromal symptoms that may include:
These symptoms may be as severe and draining as the migraine attack. It can take one or two days for the symptoms to ease before the sufferer can return to a normal routine. If you regularly experience these episodes, seek a diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.
No matter which of the migraine stages you’re suffering from, Dr. Hosny can recommend treatment so you can regain control of your life. Every stage of an episode causes life-altering symptoms that hinder you from living your life normally. Dr. Hosny is an expert physician who specializes in treating this incapacitating condition.
Migraine treatments give you much-needed relief and restore your ability to live a normal, active lifestyle. Dr. Hosny uses a multimodal approach for treatment, relying on various techniques to address your condition. Depending on the severity and frequency of your migraine episodes, he may recommend treatments, such as:
Your diagnosis, as well as the migraine stages you experience, determines the treatment you receive. The pain management specialists at the Advanced Headache Center treat any underlying problems for more permanent results by assessing your headache triggers. Dr. Hosny also spends time educating you to recognize your triggers, learn what causes your migraines and identify the migraine stages as they occur.
If you’re suffering from recurrent migraine headaches that have affected the quality of your life, it’s time to get an effective solution. Contact Dr. Hosny and the team at the Advanced Headache Center for a long-term solution. A personalized treatment plan, which starts with a professional diagnosis, can give you back control of your life.