Migraine headaches affect more than 36 million people across the nation, and while some traditional treatment options weren’t always effective, some more modern techniques have proven to provide a more lasting solution for the treatment of migraine headaches. Dr. Tavoussi’s Newport Beach offices offer both traditional and modern migraine and headache treatment options, and Dr. Tavoussi is always more than willing to assist patients in exploring all their options so that they can make the most informed decision when choosing their method of treatment.
What Exactly Are Migraine Headaches?
Migraine headaches are usually described as extremely intense headaches. However, unlike normal headaches in Newport Beach, they are usually so severe that at least 90% of the people who suffer from them find themselves unable to function or work. They are usually extremely sensitive to light and sound, and they might also experience visual disruptions as well as vomiting, dizziness and other side effects.
The problem with migraine headaches is that many people never get properly diagnosed with their conditions because they tend to stay home and suffer through them alone. However, Dr. Tavoussi takes great care in ensuring that he offers patients at his Newport Beach, Orange County clinics with the proper diagnosis for their conditions. Once he has determined that patients are indeed suffering from migraine headaches, he helps them explore all the treatment options available to them.
Traditional Treatment Methods
To begin with, patients might want to try medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. However, if these over-the-counter medications fail to provide them with relief, then Dr. Tavoussi can provide them with stronger prescription medications, such as Imitrex. If these Newport Beach medications still fail to provide relief, then patients might want to consider electing for a more modern type of migraine and headache treatment.
Modern Treatment Methods
There are two primary modern treatment methods for migraine headaches that Dr. Tavoussi’s Newport Beach, Orange County offices offer: Botox and nerve decompression surgery. Botox consists of injecting the Botox toxin into certain areas of patients’ faces to temporarily paralyze the muscles and nerves that are believed to be causing the migraine headaches. For patients who receive no relief from Botox injections, there is a more intense surgery that requires anesthesia to be administered, and it’s known as nerve decompression surgery. During nerve decompression surgery, Dr. Tavoussi identifies the exact nerves that are causing the problem and then undergoes and intricate procedure to restore their function.