Migraines Specialist

Blackhawk TMS -  - Mental Health Clinic

Blackhawk TMS

Mental Health Clinic & Psychiatrists located in Danville, CA & Napa, CA

The pain of a migraine headache has to be experienced to be understood, and when the pain comes with nausea and visual disturbances as well, it can be temporarily disabling. At Blackhawk TMS, the highly qualified team of mental health experts offers an alternative solution to the treatment of migraines for patients in the Danville and Napa areas of California. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive treatment that is far safer than medication, so if you suffer from migraines and want to find out how TMS can help, call Blackhawk TMS today, or book an appointment online.

Migraines Q & A

What are migraines?

Migraines are severe headaches that cause additional symptoms such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Sensitivity to touch and smells
  • Blurred vision
  • Lightheadedness

The pain is typically on one side and makes your head throb or pulse. It can last for hours or even days, and many people have migraines that are so severe they can’t function normally and have to lay down in a darkened room.

Prior to a migraine starting, you may experience symptoms that warn you a migraine is on the way. These can vary from person to person but could include mood changes, digestive changes, and auras. Auras come from the nervous system and can cause disturbances in your vision such as flashing lights, or affect your speech or sense of touch.

What causes migraines?

The reasons why some people get migraines isn’t completely clear, but it seems likely that they’re due to a problem in the trigeminal nerve and brainstem. There could also be a link to chemical imbalances in the brain.

Although the exact causes of migraines aren’t known, it’s clear that there are triggers that set them off, such as:

  • Fluctuations in estrogen levels
  • Taking birth control pills or HRT (hormone replacement therapy)
  • Processed foods, salty foods, and aged cheeses
  • Eating irregularly or fasting
  • Aspartame, an artificial sweetener
  • Monosodium glutamate, a food preservative
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Stress
  • Bright lights
  • Sun glare
  • Strong odors
  • Getting too much or too little sleep
  • Intense physical activity
  • Changes in the weather

There are also factors that increase your risk of experiencing migraines. Having family members who also get migraines is a good indicator, and women are three times more likely to experience migraines than men.

What treatments are available for migraines?

Treatments for migraines include both pain-relieving medications and preventive medications that you take to stop a migraine from developing or to reduce the frequency of migraines, such as:

  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Triptans
  • Ergotamine and caffeine combinations
  • Anti-nausea medication
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Beta-blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Lisinopril, an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Antiseizure drugs
  • Botox® injections

All these drugs have potential side effects that can in some cases be severe, which makes it problematic finding the best treatment. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an alternative to medication that many people find highly beneficial in reducing or eliminating migraine pain. To find out more, call Blackhawk TMS today, or book an appointment online.