A migraine is a common type of headache that can occur with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to light. In many people, the throbbing pain is felt on only one side of the head. A migraine is different from a tension headache, although some people suffer from a mixed tension migraine, which has features of both a migraine and a tension headache.
Some people get an aura before the actual migraine begins. An aura is a group of symptoms, including vision disturbances, which act as a warning sign that a headache is coming.
Why Choose MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to Treat Your Migraine?
The causes of migraines can be very complex and many patients spend years chasing treatments. Very often patients will tell us that very few providers were willing to listen to them, and even fewer, if any, tried to help them solve the triggers of their migraines. For many patients who have tried other treatments without success, surgical treatment might be the best option to treat their migraines.
At the Peripheral Nerve Surgery Institute at Georgetown University, our surgeons are experts in diagnosing and surgically treating chronic headaches, migraines and occipital neuralgia. Our surgeons receive additional training focusing specifically on nerves, to ensure that you receive the best possible care from top experts in the field.
Our surgeons understand that chronic conditions often have a root cause. Our philosophy is that we must address the cause before the symptoms can be solved. We focus on disorders of the nerves and understand that migraines and other chronic headaches may be caused by nerve disorders. Learn more about surgical treatment for chronic headaches and migraines.
Peripheral Nerve Surgery for Migraines
There are patients with chronic migraines who do not find relief with medications or lifestyle changes. In these cases, peripheral nerve surgery may be the answer.
Peripheral nerve surgery involves the surgeon determining which nerves are involved in generating the pain, and then surgically taking care of the nerves. This can reduce or even eliminate chronic headaches and migraines. If you have had nerve blocks or Botox injections that provided some relief, then the pain is most likely generated by nerves and can therefore be treated surgically.
Read more about peripheral nerve surgery for migraines.