Migraines Explained: Causes and Treatment
Plastic surgeons can provide relief in multiple ways.
Migraines affect 39 million men, women and children in the U.S. and 1 billion individuals worldwide. That’s according to data from the Migraine Research Foundation, which also states migraines are the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world.
The National Headache Foundation (NHF) describes migraines as vascular headaches that most sufferers commonly experience between the ages of 15 and 55. Of those, 70% to 80% have a family history of migraines.
How does migraine pain start? The NHF says agitated brain cells trigger the trigeminal nerve, which in turn releases chemicals that aggravate and cause swelling of blood vessels on the brain’s surface.
Where does it hurt? Migraine pain is more commonly felt around the eye or the temple area, says the NHF but it can also arise in the face, sinus, jaw or neck areas.
For individuals who experience chronic migraines, there are surgical procedures available that can significantly lessen or eliminate how often they recur, how long they last and how painful they can be.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) identifies four common trigger sites for migraines as: frontal (eyes/forehead area), temporal (temples), rhinogenic (inside nose) and occipital (back of head). See the ASPS video on migraine surgery below.
Dr. Eric Wright is board certified by the ASPS to perform these migraine surgeries: frontal/periorbital and posterior/occipital.
ASPS Video: Finding Relief from Chronic Migraine Pain with Plastic Surgery:
Interventional Strategies for Treatment of Migraines
Seasonal Migraine Triggers
Note: June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. Click here to learn more about how it was observed in 2018.