Bogar Ventura, DC is a board-certified chiropractor practicing at Edward C. Murphy, MD, PA in Houston. He has practiced at the Houston Medical Center since 2004, where he treats the full range of neuromusculoskeletal disorders in patients of all ages and from around the world.
Migraine is one of the most intense headaches you can experience, with symptoms like nausea and severe, throbbing pain that can last up to three days. Expert neurologist Edward C. Murphy, MD, and experienced chiropractor Bogar Ventura, DC, at Edward C. Murphy, MD, PA, offer comprehensive care. To get migraine relief, call one of the offices in Houston and Pasadena, Texas, or schedule an appointment online.
Migraine Questions & Answers
Migraines are neurological disorders that occur from a combination of nerve reactions and the release of brain biochemicals. Each migraine begins in response to a trigger. These are a few examples of common triggers:
- Bright light
- Strong odors
- Skipping a meal
- Extreme heat and cold
- Barometric pressure changes
- Certain foods and additives
Treatment for migraines includes identifying and avoiding the triggers.
You might not experience all the stages of a migraine, but they progress through four possible phases:
In the day or two before your headache begins, you may notice subtle signs of a pending migraine, such as mood changes or food cravings.
About one-third of migraine patients experience an aura, which occurs about 30 minutes before your headache pain begins. Many patients experience vision changes, such as seeing flashes of light or wavy lines in your field of vision. You may also experience changes in speech, movement, or touch.
This stage marks the start of your migraine. During a migraine attack you’ll experience:
- Severe, throbbing pain
- Pain around one or both temples
- Nausea and vomiting
- Vertigo (sensation of spinning)
- Sensitivity to lights, smells, sounds, and touch
Migraines always last at least four hours, and they may go as long as three days.
You may continue to experience symptoms up to a day after your migraine ends. These symptoms include dizziness, confusion, weakness, and ongoing sensitivities.
At Edward C. Murphy, MD, you can depend on comprehensive neurological and chiropractic care for your migraines. Studies show that chiropractic care, as a nonmedical line of treatment, may help relieve migraine pain. Dr. Ventura offers chiropractic techniques such as:
- Spinal manipulative therapy
- Trigger point therapy
- Therapeutic massage
- Strengthening and stretching exercises
However, many migraine patients benefit from medical care. Dr. Murphy has extensive experience relieving migraine pain, developing customized treatment plans that may include:
Some medications reduce the severity and length of your pain when they’re taken at the first sign of a migraine. You may also take daily medications that prevent future migraines, reducing their frequency and severity.
Dr. Murphy offers advanced treatments such as an occipital nerve block, which relieves migraine pain that persists despite medication.
Patients with chronic migraine may get relief from Botox® injections, a preventive treatment that can significantly reduce the frequency of future migraines.
To get comprehensive care for migraines, call Edward C. Murphy, MD, or schedule an appointment online.
Edward C. Murphy, MD, PA, is a distinguished neurological surgeon, treating patients at his private practice in Texas Medical Center, located in Houston and Pasadena, Texas. As a neurological surgeon, Dr. Murphy specializes in treating herniated discs, peripheral nerve disorders, thoracic outlet syndrome, lower back pain, neck pain, and tumors.