Migraines Specialist

If you experience regular migraines, you know how painful and debilitating they can be, often preventing you from going about your daily life. The doctors at Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice have extensive experience successfully treating patients with on-the-spot and preventive care at their offices in Portland, Milwaukie, and Tigard, Oregon.

Migraines Q & A

What is a migraine headache?

A migraine is a severe headache characterized by throbbing pain, usually only on one side of your head, though it can affect both sides. Migraines can last for hours or days and are sometimes strong enough to keep you from functioning properly. Typical migraine sufferers experience 1-3 migraines a month, though you may experience them less or more than that.

No matter how often you get them, migraines can be a debilitating condition. If you suffer from regular migraines, make an appointment with Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice to get started on a treatment plan.

What are the symptoms?

Aside from the throbbing pain in your head, migraine symptoms often also include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Upset stomach
  • An aura: a disturbance in your vision, such as bright spots, fuzziness, or wavy vision, that precedes the onset of your migraine

Children can also get abdominal migraines, which mainly affect their bellies, leading to belly pain, nausea, and vomiting.

What causes migraines?

The exact cause of migraines still is not known, but doctors believe that genetics and imbalances in the chemistry of your brain play important roles. The good news is that researchers have identified several common triggers for migraines, which enables doctors to better treat and prevent them. The most common triggers are:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress
  • Foods or food additives
  • Sensory stimuli, including sights, sounds, and smells
  • Changes in sleep patterns

How do you treat migraines?

While not much is known about the causes of migraines, the triggers are readily identifiable and preventable. Through a complete physical exam and a look at your medical history, doctors can zero-in on what triggers your migraines and come up with a plan to prevent them from coming on. Often, simple adjustments in your habits can make a big difference, such as:

  • Changes in diet, avoiding certain food or food additives
  • Stress management
  • Exercise
  • Hormone regulation
  • Learning to cope, a strategy that helps you identify what triggers your migraines and desensitizing you to those triggers
  • Biofeedback or cognitive behavioral therapy

Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice has doctors and behavioral consultants on staff to help you find a multi-pronged approach to lessen the negative impact migraines are having on your life.

Insurance We Accept

At Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice, we accept the following insurances. If you do not see your insurance on this, please call our office to confirm we take your plan.

First Choice Health
Providence Health Plans
Regence BCBS
Worker's Compensation
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