Migraines Specialist

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Re3 Innovative Neuroscience Institute

Neurosurgery located in Sarasota, FL & North Port, FL

Migraines can cause severe, debilitating pain and other symptoms that disrupt your everyday life. At Re3 Innovative Neuroscience Institute in Sarasota, Florida, you can find relief. As leaders in their field, the team at Re3 has access to the most advanced and effective treatments, including Botox®, and use their decades of experience to help you achieve long-term relief. If you’re struggling with the ordeal that accompanies migraines, call Re3 Innovative Neuroscience Institute.


What is a migraine?

A migraine is a commonly recurring headache that causes moderate to severe pain. This pain often seems to throb or pulse and may be located on only one side of your head. Other symptoms include light and sound sensitivity, as well as nausea and general weakness.

Migraine attacks can last hours or even days, essentially disabling you from any normal functions. These attacks may have warning signs, called an aura, before they begin. The aura may include seeing flashes of light, having blind spots in your vision, or numbness and tingling on your face, arm, or leg.

What causes a migraine?

Scientists and physicians don’t understand the causes of migraines, but they’re believed to come from multiple factors, such as genetics and environment. Possible explanations include alterations in the communication between the brainstem and the trigeminal nerve, a pain signal “highway,” or imbalanced brain-signaling chemicals, like serotonin and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP).

Beyond the causes that underlie susceptibility to migraines, there are many triggers that vary by the sufferer and may initiate migraine onset alone or in combination with other factors. These include:

  • Stress
  • Specific sensory stimuli, like bright lights or strong smells
  • Hormonal fluctuation in women, like changes in estrogen associated with menstruation
  • Specific foods and fasting, like eating something salty or skipping a meal
  • Certain beverages, especially those with alcohol or caffeine
  • Sleep changes, like oversleeping, not sleeping, or jet lag

Your triggers may be entirely specific to you, or could hinge on your environment, and may change over time.

How are migraines treated?

Migraines are diagnosed based on your medical history, symptoms, and usually a neurological exam. To rule out other possible causes, the Re3 physicians may use imaging with MRI or CT scans, blood tests to look for infections and toxins, or a spinal tap to assess infection or brain bleeding.

Once a migraine begins, a dark, quiet room and pain relief drugs can minimize the discomfort, but if you’re regularly suffering from debilitating migraines, the Re3 team may suggest preventive treatment.

Successful prevention has come from many drug classes, including beta-blockers, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs, as well as pain relievers. However, Botox® is the first FDA-approved preventive therapy for chronic migraines. Regular injections to the forehead and neck with Botox prevents migraines before they even start.

If you suffer from migraines, schedule an appointment with the Re3 Innovative Neuroscience Institute.