Migraine services offered in San Diego, La Mesa and Chula Vista, CA

Migraines are one of the top causes of disability, affecting 12% of adults and causing severe, debilitating headaches that leave you unable to move until the pain subsides. You can change the course of your migraines with interventional treatments from the experts at Sage Pain & Wellness Institute. They offer cutting-edge treatments that can ease the pain and reduce the number of migraines you endure. Don’t wait to get help for the pain. Call the office in La Mesa, Chula Vista, or San Diego, California, or book an appointment online today.

What causes migraines?

Migraines begin when something triggers your nerves, making them send a surge of electrical signals. The electrical activity causes a series of reactions. Blood flow increases, inflammatory substances flood the area, and you end up with one of the most severe headaches: a migraine.

Everyone who gets migraines has specific triggers. Some of the most common include:

  • Stress
  • Certain foods
  • Lack of sleep
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Dehydration
  • Strong odors
  • Hormone changes
  • Bright or flashing lights
  • Changes in the weather

Foods that often trigger a migraine include chocolate, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and foods high in histamines (processed meats and fermented foods).

What symptoms does a migraine cause?

A migraine can go through four distinct stages, but most people don’t experience all of them.

Phase 1: Prodrome

You may experience slight changes like mood swings or food cravings the day or two before your migraine begins.

Phase 2: Aura

One-third of people have neurological changes shortly before their migraine begins. For example, you may see wavy lines or flashing lights or feel tingling sensations.

Phase 3: Migraine attack

Migraines begin with a severe, throbbing pain near one temple. As your migraine progresses, the pain may also affect the opposite side. Other symptoms include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo (feeling like the room is spinning)
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, smell, or touch
  • Facial pressure or sinus pain

Migraines last at least four hours and can continue for up to three days if you don’t take medication.

Phase 4: Post-drome

Even after the pain stops, some people need a day or two before they fully recover.

How is a migraine treated?

The team at Sage Pain & Wellness Institute creates a treatment plan based on the frequency and severity of your migraines. The first line of treatment often includes medications that reduce the severity of a current headache.

They also specialize in several advanced migraine treatments:

  • CGRP monoclonal antibody injections (target substances causing migraine pain)
  • Sphenopalatine ganglion block (blocks nerve signals involved in migraines)
  • Neuromodulation (uses electrical impulses to regulate nerves)
  • Botox® injections (for chronic migraines)

People with chronic migraines (15 or more migraine days a month) may qualify for Botox injections. Botox improves your pain and reduces the number of migraines you have in the future.

Sage Pain & Wellness Institute uses cutting-edge treatments to relieve and prevent migraines. To get the treatment you need, call the nearest office or book online today.