Migraine Specialist

A Ray of Hope: Great Lakes Institute of Neurology and Psychiatry

Neurologists & Psychiatrists located in Libertyville, IL

If you’re one of the 39 million people in the United States living with migraines, you can find relief at A Ray of Hope: Great Lakes Institute of Neurology and Psychiatry in Libertyville, Illinois. The team uses Botox® therapy, medications, and lifestyle modifications to relieve existing pain and prevent recurrent migraines. For migraine treatment, call A Ray of Hope: Great Lakes Institute of Neurology and Psychiatry, or request an appointment online today.

Migraine Q & A

What is a migraine?

A migraine is a type of primary headache that causes a throbbing, stabbing pain, usually on one side of your head. This pain can range from moderate to debilitating and lead to other symptoms, including increased sensitivity to light, sounds, and smells. 

A variety of environmental and dietary factors can contribute to migraine headaches. These triggers vary from person to person and may include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety 
  • Hormonal changes
  • Medication overuse
  • Changes in the weather
  • Use of alcohol and caffeine 

You may be at increased risk for migraines if you have a family history of the condition or if you have underlying medical conditions, like anxiety, depression, or a sleep disorder.

How are migraines diagnosed?

Because of the distinct symptoms a migraine causes, the providers can often confirm migraines by reviewing your symptoms. They may also use a neurological exam and diagnostic tests to rule out other possible causes of throbbing head pain. 

Tests may include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a computed tomography (CT) scan, and blood work to identify issues with the blood vessels or other structures in your brain and head. 

How are migraines treated?

While there’s no cure for migraines, your doctor works closely with you to ease existing migraine pain and prevent the recurrence of your headaches. At A Ray of Hope: Great Lakes Institute of Neurology and Psychiatry, The team customizes a treatment plan to your needs that may include prescription-strength migraine medications and lifestyle changes. 

If you have chronic migraines that occur more than 15 times a month, your doctor can determine if you’re a candidate for Botox therapy. Botox is a prescription injectable medication that temporarily paralyzes the muscles that contribute to migraine pain.

Over time, injections of Botox in specific areas of your head can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine headaches. 

Another option for treating migraines is an occipital nerve block. This treatment involves injections of a corticosteroid and anesthetic medication into the occipital nerve, which provides sensations to the back and the top of your head. 

Your physician can also work with you on lifestyle changes, so you can avoid migraine triggers. They may recommend strategies to reduce stress, manage anxiety, and improve your diet to prevent recurrent migraines.

If you experience painful or recurrent migraine headaches, you can find help at A Ray of Hope: Great Lakes Institute of Neurology and Psychiatry. Call the office today to schedule an appointment or use the online booking system to request a migraine evaluation.