Frequently Asked Migraine Headache Questions

Expert Migraine Specialist Offers Answers and Understanding

Woman Suffering Migraine Finds Treatment with Dr Traci PurathDr. Traci Purath is an expert neurologist specializing in headaches and migraines.  Most doctors take the same road, prescribing medication for short term relief and dancing around the questions patients feel desperately need answers.  Dr. Purath chose to make her own path, and instead of treating her patients as a list of symptoms, she takes the time to learn who you are and what could be causing your chronic headaches.  Traci builds a relationship with each of her patients in order to better understand the pain you are experiencing during your migraines.  Dr. Traci Purath is committed to finding the best solution to your migraine or chronic headache pain.

A lot of doctors feel temporary pain relief enough, but Dr. Purath knows feeling better for a lifetime is the only option.  Traci learns as much as she can and develops a comprehensive headache or migraine treatment plan, customized to your lifestyle and needs.  You won’t have to go it alone, Dr. Purath is here to guide you through the lifestyle changes every step of the way, making the process of becoming migraine free an easy one.

You’ll find more than just migraine relief with Dr. Traci Purath, you’ll find a headache specialist who is truly invested in you and will do everything she can to help.  Traci has provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions concerning migraines, chronic headaches, and other general neurology. Check out our FAQ section below for tips and advice from leading headache neurologist, Dr. Traci Purath

Contact leading migraine headache specialist, Dr. Traci Purath, today and get started on the road to feeling better.

Q: What are nerve blocks?
A: Many patients claim their headaches start or are located in the neck area. The occipital nerves typically reside in this area. It is also common for patients to experience pain in the frontal regions specifically the temples. These nerves function as an entryway to the brain where headache pain is g…
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Q: What is a rebound headache? What causes it, and how can I treat it?
A: Rebound headaches are caused by taking headache medications too often or in excess. With rebound headaches, your medications not only stop relieving pain, they can actually be the cause for additional headaches. Doctors treat rebound headache by either tapering you off your current medication or by …
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Q: What type of doctor should I see to diagnose and treat my headache?
A: When seeking treatment for your headache, trust Dr. Traci Purath to find you the headache relief you need. Traci provides a high-level of compassionate headache treatments improving her patients’ lives over and over again. Dr. Purath broke away from the corporate medical community establishing…
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Q: What is an aura?
A: About 15-20% of people with migraine get an "aura," which is a manifestation of neurological symptoms which occur before a migraine headache. Seeing lines, dots, or flashing lights or experiencing tunnel vision or blind spots in one or both eyes are all aura symptoms. Severe aura symptoms can includ…
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Q: Does caffeine treat or cause headaches?
A: Caffeine can be both beneficial and harmful for headache sufferers. Caffeine is a common ingredient in over-the-counter headache medications and prescription medicines. Caffeine also supports the body by absorbing headache medicine more rapidly, delivering faster relief. While caffeine-containing m…
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Q: Can headaches be prevented?
A: Headaches can cause variety symptoms and fluctuate in severity. Every patient is different and dependent on what type of headache you are experiencing, preventative measures may vary.  Below are a list of preventative measures to help reduce your headache attacks. Follow your treatment plan:…
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Q: Are my migraine headaches related to my menstrual cycle?
A: More than half of migraines in women occur right before, during, or after their period. This often is called “menstrual migraine.” A small percentage of women who experience migraines around their period typically only have migraines at this time; most experience migraines at other times…
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Q: What is the difference between a headache and a migraine?
A: Distinguishing between a migraine headache and a headache is confusing for most. Typically, migraine headaches are more severe than a headache and often accompanied by visual effects including blurred vision and aura symptoms. Headaches are usually treated by over-the-counter medicines while migrain…
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Q: What causes a migraine?
A: The exact cause of migraine is not fully determined. Experts have proven people with migraines react to a variety of factors and events, called triggers. These triggers can vary from person to person and may not always lead to a migraine.  A combination of triggers is more likely to set off a m…
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Q: How can I tell if I have a migraine headache or a sinus headache?
A: Sinus headaches are associated with sinus pressure, nasal congestion and can cause watery eyes. These symptoms often occur with migraines and therefore cause confusion amongst my patients. To find out if your headache is sinus or migraine, ask yourself these questions: In addition to my sinus sympt…
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