When is a headache a migraine? Headaches tend to be mild to moderate, non-throbbing, and bilateral (on both sides of the head). They usually do not get worse during routine activities (bending over, walking stairs, etc.) Because tension-type headaches tend to be mild, patients usually treat them successfully with over-the-counter medications.

A migraine is defined as a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision. Migraine is a trigger disorder, in that, various factors “trigger” these headaches. The exact cause of migraines is unknown. Migraine pain is moderate to severe, often described as pounding or throbbing. 

Common triggers of migraines are:

  • Weather Changes (Barometric Pressure Change)
  • Foods
  • Smells
  • Bright Lights
  • Insomnia
  • Related to other health disorders

At Southern Healthcare Alliance we take a holistic approach to determine what is causing the migraines and then develop a care plan that includes preventative and abortive therapies. A typical care plan can include: lifestyle modifications, medications (supplements and prescription), Botox, and nerve blocks.