Migraines Specialist
Migraines can be a serious, disabling, and difficult-to-treat condition. Luckily, Dr. Randa Jaafar is here to provide experienced pain management to New Yorkers suffering from migraine attacks. If you or a loved one experiences migraine symptoms, book an appointment with Dr. Jaafar online at New York Medicine Doctors located in Midtown East, New York.

Migraines Q & A

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What is the difference between a migraine and a headache?

Migraines are actually a specific type of recurring headache. During a migraine attack, patients experience moderate to severe pain, usually with a throbbing or pulsing sensation. This pain often affects only one side of the brain at a time. Migraines can also make a person more sensitive to

  • Light
  • Sound
  • Smell

Nausea and vomiting are other potentially debilitating common symptoms of migraine headaches.

What is a migraine aura?

Many — but not all — patients with migraines also experience a group of neurologic symptoms that happen before a migraine attack called an "aura." An aura usually occurs 10-15 minutes before a migraine onset, but the time between the two can range from just a few minutes to a full 24 hours. Visual disturbances, such as flashing lights, are a common symptom. Other aura symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty concentrating

Sometimes a patient with a migraine disorder may experience an aura without developing an actual migraine attack.

Who gets migraines?

If you suffer from migraines, know that you aren't alone. Migraines are one of the most common brain disorders worldwide and affect an estimated 12% of Americans. While anyone can experience migraines, women get migraines more often than men. Because migraines are caused by the genes that control certain brain cell activities, heredity is thought to be a factor: People with a family history of migraine disorders are more likely to develop migraines themselves.

Are migraines treatable?

Although there is currently no cure for migraines, patients do have a range of treatment options. These medications, procedures, and lifestyle changes can effectively manage migraine symptoms and reduce the length and frequency of attacks.* To help inform the best course of treatment for you, Dr. Jaafar may diagnose you with a specific migraine disorder.

What are examples of common migraine triggers?

Migraine triggers are events or stimuli that result in a migraine attack. While particular triggers vary from person to person, the most frequent ones include:

  • Stress
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Certain foods
  • Fasting and other changes in diet

Although none of these factors actually cause migraines — remember that migraines are a complex condition attributed to genetics — identifying and avoiding such triggers can go a long way in improving your quality of life.*

*individual results may vary

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