Migraine Specialist

ERgent Med

Immediate Care & Primary Care located in Brunswick, GA & St. Simons Island, GA

Over 12% of the global population suffers from migraines. At ERgent Med in Brunswick, Georgia, Michael Hamm, DO, and Robin Basset, NP-C, specialize in helping patients overcome the crippling effects of migraines through a compassionate approach to medical care and comprehensive treatment solutions. Learn more about migraine treatment by booking an appointment online or by phone.

Migraine Q & A

What is a migraine?

A migraine refers to a neurological disease that exhibits painful and debilitating symptoms. Most people believe migraine is a severe headache. However, its symptoms, longevity, and likelihood of becoming chronic make it much more severe than that.

Migraines often start in childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood and can persist throughout most of your life. They can last a few hours or a few days and can make your daily activities extremely difficult.

What are the symptoms of a migraine?

Migraines have a wide range of symptoms that affect people very differently. Generally speaking, migraines produce a warning sign before an attack.

Studies have shown that close to 20% of people suffering from migraines experience flashes of light or numbness right before the full force of the migraine hits. These warning signs are neurological symptoms.

When a migraine begins, you might experience:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head
  • Difficulty seeing
  • Light, sound, smell, and touch sensitivity
  • Limb and face tingling or numbness

Get in touch with Dr. Hamm immediately if you’re suffering from any of these symptoms.

What causes migraines?

Multiple factors can contribute to the triggering of a migraine, such as:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Medication
  • Excessive caffeine intake
  • Intense physical strain
  • Alcohol (wine specifically)
  • MSG, aspartame, and other food additives
  • Irregular eating schedule
  • Hormonal changes in women

Generally speaking, women are more susceptible to getting migraines with one in four women having a migraine at least once in their lives. Additionally, 85% of people with chronic migraines are women.

How do you diagnose and treat a migraine?

In addition to a physical exam and a review of your medical history, Dr. Hamm might suggest further testing like a blood test, MRI, or CAT scan for a more in-depth look at your overall neurological health.

With a diagnosis in hand, Dr. Hamm can recommend an individualized treatment plan that balances a mix of pain relievers, preventive medication, and lifestyle changes to minimize the strength and frequency of your migraines.

Dr. Hamm might also recommend monthly injections of medications such as erenumab, IV medications, or fluids to eliminate your migraine symptoms quickly. Dr. Hamm typically recommends monthly injections if you suffer from chronic migraines.

Learn more about effective migraine treatments at ERgent Med by booking an appointment online or by phone today.