June Is Migraine & Headache Awareness Month
- Migraine is the seventh leading cause of disability globally.
- Migraine can affect people of any age, including children.
- Migraine is not just a headache. Patients may deal with nausea, neck pain, light sound and touch sensitivity and head pain.
- Headache disorders cost the United States economy $31 billion each year.
- Migraine is associated with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
- Migraine causes more lost years of health life in the U.S. than multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, ovarian cancer and tuberculosis combined.
- Nearly half of all people living with Migraine have never been diagnosed by a doctor and are not receiving treatment for the condition.*
*East Carolina Neurology has a headache specialist on staff. Call 252-752-4848 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shawna Patterson.
Who is a Candidate?
Anyone who experiences chronic, recurrent headache problems is welcome. We accept patients referred by primary physicians and also patients who call to schedule appointments themselves. The Headache Clinic seeks to aid patients with the diagnosis and management
of headache problems.
Dr. Shawnna Patterson, or one of the other neurologists, will conduct the evaluation.
The combination of experience, compassion, and technology will be used to diagnose headache problems. A full neurological and physical examination will be completed in order to diagnose the type of headache to be treated. Upon completing the evaluation, a treatment will be developed, and if needed further tests or imaging will be ordered.
There is no single treatment that is right for every person. The Headache Clinic recognizes
that the triggers that set off headaches are as unique as the people experiencing them.
Patients will keep a headache diary to share with our doctors in order to find the best treatment or combination of treatments for his or her headache disorder. Treatment options may include: pharmacological treatments, biofeedback, psychological and behavioral therapy, nerve blocks, physical therapy, or dietary lifestlye modifications.
Prodome is a series of symptoms that precede the headache. Sixty percent of migraine headache sufferers experience some of these symptoms before the onset
of a migraine.
• sound sensitivity
• stiff neck
• increased urination
• difficulty performing mental tasks
• diarrhea or constipation
• feeling cold
Migraine Headache Symptoms
The headache phase of a migraine, moderate to severe pain, can last from one to three days. Pain is normally centered around one side of the head, directly behind the eyes, or around the eyes. Oftentimes, physical activity, when suffering from a migraine, may intensify the pain.
Although migraine pain may start on both sides of the head, it may also gradually spread to the entire head as the headache progresses.
In addition to the pain normally associated with a migraine, other symptoms
may occur, including:
• blurred vision
• lack of appetite
• photophobia (extreme sensitivity to light)
• sound and smell sensitivity
• feelings of hot or cold
• stuffy nose
• depression, irritability
• bulging veins in the temples
• small fluid pockets on the scalp or face
• pale face