Estero Healthcare

Family Medicine Clinic located in Fort Myers Beach, FL

More than 38 million people in the United States suffer from migraines, with almost 5 million under attack at least once a month. If these debilitating headaches are wreaking havoc on your life, the health care professionals at Estero Healthcare can help. With locations in north and south Fort Myers Beach, Florida, the team is able to bring you much-needed relief from migraine and headache pain. To learn more, call or set up an appointment using the online scheduling tool.

Migraine Q & A

What are migraines?

There are dozens of different types of headaches, with migraines ranking at, or near, the top in terms of discomfort. Migraine attacks can last for hours or even days and, depending upon the severity of your symptoms, can temporarily disable you from performing even the most routine tasks.

The exact cause of migraines is unknown, but medical researchers have tied them to genetics, environment, and brain chemical imbalances.

While you may only experience the occasional migraine, chronic sufferers fall into a completely different category: Over 15 headache days per month over the course of three months.

What are the symptoms of migraines?

Because migraines affect your neurological system, migraine symptoms can vary from one person to the next. The following outlines the four stages of a migraine:

  • Prodrome: The period before the headache
  • Aura: Visual disturbances caused by your nervous system
  • Attack: The headache itself, including throbbing pain on one side of your head
  • Postdrome: The period after your headache

Some people experience only migraine attacks while others go through each of the four stages. It’s important when you see your doctor at Estero Healthcare that you accurately describe your headache, including how you felt before it came on.

What about other headaches?

The staff at Estero Healthcare also provides care for the many other types of headaches, including:

  • Tension headaches
  • Sinus headaches
  • Cluster headaches

There are many other issues that can bring on head pain, which your health care professional at Estero Healthcare can diagnose and treat.

How are migraines and headaches treated?

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to headaches, but the team at Estero Healthcare works diligently to find the underlying cause or trigger for your headache in order to come up with the best treatment plan for your situation.

For example, for migraines, they may recommend a treatment protocol that includes medications for the pain, coupled with trigger avoidance and other lifestyle changes.

If your headache is brought on by another condition, like a sinus headache during a cold, your doctor tackles the underlying problem, which helps to relieve the head pain.

If you need relief from migraine and headache pain, call one of the two Estero Healthcare locations, use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment, or come in.