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Migraine: Latest Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies

Dr. Nieto
Medically reviewed by Robert Nieto
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Dr. Nieto
Medically reviewed by Robert Nieto

There are many prevalent and often debilitating neurological disorders. The most common and difficult to treat of these is migraine. Recurrent headaches always characterize it. Other symptoms typically accompany them. It may be nausea, sensitivity to light, and sound. The diagnosis and treatment have evolved significantly in recent years. They offer new hope for millions affected by this condition. Advances in medical understanding have led to more accurate diagnoses. It allows healthcare professionals to tailor treatment plans. They’ll suit individual needs more effectively. 

The emergence of novel treatment strategies has revolutionized management. It offers relief to those who have previously struggled to find practical solutions. We’ll explore the newest diagnosis techniques and treatment strategies. It is from the latest medical interventions to lifestyle adjustments. We will talk about the diverse approaches available to ease the burden of headaches. Check out 5 practical tips for instant migraine relief. They empower individuals to manage their symptoms better. Also, these tips will help to improve their quality of life. 

Migraine symptoms


The severity of the symptoms depends on how long the condition has been left untreated. They are also influenced by a person’s age and the presence of concomitant diseases. Among common migraine symptoms are:

  • Headache: This symptom is typically throbbing or pulsating. It often affects one side of the head. They worsen with physical activity.
  • Sensitivity to Light: Photophobia is a common symptom. It causes discomfort or pain in bright or fluorescent lighting.
  • Sensitivity to Sound: Phonophobia can accompany migraines. It makes loud noises or even normal sounds unbearable.
  • Nausea: Many individuals experience vomiting during an attack. It adds to the overall discomfort.
  • Dizziness or Vertigo: Migraine attacks can cause feelings of dizziness or vertigo. It leads to instability or loss of balance.
  • Aura: Some individuals experience visual disturbances. They are usually called aura. Patients suffer from them before or during an attack. It can include flashing lights, blind spots, or zigzag lines in the field of vision.
  • Fatigue: Migraines can exhaust individuals, even after the headache subsides.

Recognizing these migraine symptoms is crucial for accurate diagnosis. Also, it helps to create appropriate management of the condition. If you experience these symptoms regularly, consult with a healthcare professional. He will give proper evaluation and treatment.

5 Tips for Instant Migraine Relief

Periodic attacks of headaches interfere with everyday life. We have compiled a list of the most effective ways to alleviate them. Here are 5 tips for instant migraine relief:

  • Rest in a Dark, Quiet Room: Find a calm, dark environment. Exposure to light and noise can exacerbate migraine symptoms. Lie down, close your eyes. Relax your mind and body.
  • Apply Cold Compresses: Place a cold compress or ice pack on your forehead or neck. It’ll help alleviate pain. These compresses also reduce inflammation associated with migraines.
  • Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can trigger or worsen this condition. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Also, sip on cold water or herbal teas. They may provide some relief.
  • Practice Deep Breathing or Meditation: They’ll help reduce stress and tension. It can contribute to migraine attacks.

Implementing these 5 tips for instant migraine relief may help alleviate symptoms. They can provide temporary relief until you’re able to consult with a healthcare professional. These tips will help you to follow your regular treatment plan.

Treatment methods for migraine


A diverse array of treatments offers hope to those grappling with this condition. They are from traditional remedies to the newest interventions. The pursuit of effective migraine management continues to evolve. Each migraine treatment method aims to alleviate symptoms. It improves the quality of life for those affected. Let’s explore various treatment modalities, their mechanisms, efficacy, and potential side effects. Understanding the breadth of available options is important.


Some medications are commonly used in migraine treatment. Here is a list of the most effective ones:

  • Use Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers: They may help alleviate discomfort. Use ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin. It is possible when taken at the onset of symptoms. Follow the recommended dosage instructions. Consult with a healthcare professional if you have any concerns.
  • Preventive Medications: Beta-blockers, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and calcium channel blockers may be necessary. They reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks.
  • Triptans: They are prescription medications. Triptans work by constricting blood vessels. Also, they block pain pathways in the brain. They are often used to treat moderate to severe migraines. Triptans may be available in different forms. It may be tablets, nasal sprays, and injections.
  • Anti-Nausea Medications: Metoclopramide or prochlorperazine can relieve nausea. Vomiting is usually associated with migraines.

Avoid taking these medications without first consulting a healthcare professional. He will also prescribe the required dosage. Self-medication will not help get rid of this condition but may worsen it.


These are effective ways physiotherapy can be beneficial as a treatment. Among them are:

  • Muscle Relaxation Techniques: Physiotherapy can teach these exercises. They’ll ease muscle tension that may contribute to migraines.
  • Posture Correction: Improving posture can alleviate strain on the neck and shoulders. It reduces migraine triggers.
  • Manual Therapy: Hands-on massage or joint mobilization techniques can help relieve muscle tension. Also, they improve blood flow.
  • Exercise Programs: Customized exercise programs can enhance physical health and reduce stress. It may help prevent migraines.
  • Education and Counseling: Physiotherapists can provide education and counseling on lifestyle modifications. They help to manage migraines effectively.

Alternative methods

Here are some alternative methods. They can be generally explored as migraine treatments:

  • Acupuncture: This is a traditional Chinese medicine practice. It involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture helps to alleviate pain and promote overall well-being.
  • Herbal Supplements: Feverfew, butterbur, and magnesium may have migraine-preventive properties. They can usually be used as supplements.
  • Biofeedback: These techniques can help individuals gain control over bodily functions. It may be heart rate and muscle tension. They potentially reduce migraine frequency and severity.
  • Yoga and Meditation: Yoga and meditation can help manage stress. It is a common trigger for migraines.
  • Chiropractic Care: Spinal manipulation and adjustments performed by chiropractors help reduce symptoms. They improve spinal alignment and reduce nerve irritation.

These alternative techniques are worth trying. They are time-tested. In addition, perhaps these techniques will become your new hobby.

Migraine triggers


Here are some common migraine triggers. Individuals should be aware of the following:

  • Stress: Anxiety, or tension, is a significant trigger for many sufferers.
  • Hormonal Changes: Fluctuations in estrogen levels may appear during menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause. It can contribute to migraines in some individuals.
  • Sleep Disturbances: Lack and excessive sleep can trigger migraines in susceptible individuals.
  • Weather Changes: Changes in weather patterns can lead to headaches in some people. It may be barometric pressure changes.
  • Dietary Factors: Certain foods and beverages are common migraine triggers for some individuals. It may be alcohol, aged cheeses, processed meats, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners
  • Sensory Stimuli: Bright lights, loud noises, strong smells, and intense or flickering lights. They can trigger migraines in sensitive individuals.
  • Physical Factors: Intense physical exertion, poor posture, and dehydration. 
  • Medications: Some birth control pills and vasodilators can cause migraines as a side effect.
  • Environmental Factors: Exposure to smoke, strong odors, or pollutants. This trigger usually happens with sensitive individuals.
  • Hormonal Medications: They are hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives. Such medications can cause migraines.

It’s important to identify your triggers. It can help you avoid them. Eliminate them from your life. By doing so, you can better manage your condition and maintain good health.

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Edward Medina
Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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