A migraine is a debilitating headache that varies among individuals in presentation.
Some common signs & symptoms of a migraine include:
While the exact cause of migraines is not well understood, there are several different mechanisms at play. This includes, but is not limited to:
A correct diagnosis is crucial to treatment of migraine headaches. This involves a thorough physical exam, an extensive history, and a headache journal. Diagnostic testing (routine lab work) and functional testing may also be used.
Dr. Paiano works closely with her patients to identify the root cause, which varies among individuals. Once a diagnosis has been made, treatment involves treating nutrient deficiencies (i.e. iron deficiency anemia), using botanicals or orthomolecular medicine to correct nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, modulate serotonin levels and lifestyle changes (i.e. balance blood sugar levels, improve sleep, manage stress).