Relief from migraine headaches can come in many different forms – from pain medication, preventative drugs, massage
and acupuncture to at-home remedies including relaxation techniques and proper sleep.
Approximately 20 percent of women and 10 percent of men in the United States suffer from migraine headaches. Those who are able to identify “trigger” sites on the head or face where the migraine pain starts or localizes may be able to consider a plastic surgery
treatment option. Botox, traditionally used to relax facial muscles to reduce wrinkles, can also be used to relax muscles around the nerves that may trigger migraines.
Michael Howard, MD, a plastic surgeon at NorthShore, works closely with our neurologists to evaluate candidates for migraine headache surgery. Dr. Howard identifies some
of the factors that may help determine if a patient is a good candidate for this surgery:
Do you suffer from migraine headaches? Do you know your trigger sites?
Dubbed ‘suicide headaches,’ cluster headaches strike without warning. Symptoms include pain on one side of the head
(usually behind the eye or temple) that occur seasonally, in the spring and late fall.
Dr. B.T. Horton, the researcher who first identified these headaches in 1939, said his patients had to be constantly watched for fear of suicide because the pain is so excruciating.
Steven Meyers, MD, Neurologist with NorthShore, offers the following known facts about cluster headaches:
While there is no cure for cluster headaches, there are treatments that can decrease the severity of pain, shorten the duration and even prevent them. The key is correct diagnosis. Relatively rare, they affect less than 1% of the population and are frequently
mistaken for migraines. Be sure to see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and relief.z
Do you suffer from cyclical, painful headaches? What do you do to relieve headaches?