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Migraines Specialist

Cogent Family Healthcare

Stephen J Sims, MD

Family Medicine located in Mountain View, CA

As many as 38 million people in the United States experience frequent and severe migraine pain. To keep your pain well-controlled and reduce the frequency of migraines, the Cogent Family Healthcare team in Mountain View, California, offers comprehensive migraine care. In addition to on-site diagnostic evaluations, Stephen Sims, MD, and the medical team customize solutions to help you manage and prevent migraines. To learn more about your options for treating migraines, call Cogent Family Healthcare today or request an evaluation online now.

Migraines Q & A

What are migraines?

Migraines are a severe type of headache that causes a pulsating, throbbing pain on one side of the head. While the root cause of migraines isn’t clearly understood, you may develop this type of headache due to an imbalance of brain chemicals, your genetic history, and hormonal changes.

In some cases, migraine pain is triggered by certain stimuli in the environment, such as:

  • Caffeine
  • Bright lights
  • Strong smells
  • Weather changes

Certain medications, like birth control pills, or excess stress can also contribute to the development and severity of migraine pain.

What are the symptoms of migraines?

The hallmark symptom of a migraine is throbbing head pain. This pain can become serious enough to cause additional symptoms, including:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Vision changes

Migraines can also increase your sensitivity to lights, sounds, and smells, making it difficult to get out of bed or go about your usual routine.

Some people experience chronic migraine pain and related symptoms that affect their quality of life multiple times a month. When this type of pain interferes with your daily life, it’s important that you schedule an evaluation at Cogent Family Healthcare as soon as possible.

How are migraines diagnosed?

During your diagnostic evaluation for a migraine, your Cogent Family Healthcare provider reviews your family and personal medical history. They also perform a physical exam and may order blood testing to rule out underlying health issues that may be causing head pain.

In some cases, you may also need imaging tests of your brain, such as an MRI or CT scan, or receive a referral for an evaluation by a neurologist.

How are migraines treated?

Your treatment plan for migraines depends on the frequency of your headaches and the severity of your pain. Initially, your Cogent Family Healthcare provider may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to control pain and reduce related symptoms.

In addition to treating existing migraine pain, your Cogent Family Healthcare provider can provide medications to reduce the number of migraines you experience. Your physician also works with you through nutritional counseling services to improve your diet and help you avoid possible triggers of migraine pain.

You can also focus on stress-relieving techniques you can do at home to reduce the frequency of migraines, such as getting daily exercise, learning breathing techniques, and finding time in each day to do something you enjoy.

If you’re suffering from frequent migraines and need solutions for pain relief, call Cogent Family Healthcare today or use the online booking feature to learn more.