Capital Pain Institute Discusses When a Migraine Headache Really is a Migraine

A leading medical institute breaks down the subject of headaches and migraines in an effort to clear up misconceptions and misdiagnosis of the two.

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More reflective of current research is the idea that migraines are caused by ‘cortical spreading depression’ or a wave of electrical activity sweeping across the brain.

Austin, TX (PRWEB) August 14, 2014

Dr. Matthew Schocket, founder of the Capitol Pain Institute, recently provided an in-depth analysis of when is a “migraine” really a migraine headache.

Dr. Schocket explained that a migraine is a common disorder that affects up to 12 percent of the general population, noting that migraine is more frequent in women than in men, with attacks occurring in up to 17 percent of women and 6 percent of men each year.

A migraine, according to medical research and statistics, is most common in those aged 30 to 39, an age span in which prevalence in men and women reaches 7 and 24 percent, respectively.

Schocket also pointed out that migraine tends to run in families. Migraine without aura is the most common type, accounting for approximately 75 percent of cases.

Schocket tackled this subject in keeping with the fact that Capitol Pain Institute’s staff was the first to bring stem cell therapy to Austin to relieve chronic pain.

Schocket, who is a recognized world-leader in the field of Pain Management, said the phrase, ‘My head hurts. It must be a migraine’ is a common complaint amongst many patients in neurology clinics and Austin pain clinics alike.

“However, not all headaches have the same triggers, causes, or treatments,” he stressed, before adding, “In specific, a migraine is a severe headache that may be commonly associated with nausea and/or light and sound sensitivity. This type of headache is distinctly different from cluster type headaches (pain behind the eye) and tension type headaches (pain across forehead) which may be discussed in more detail with your physician.”

Schocket, who has also lectured at multiple national and international conferences, including the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the American Academy of Pain Management, the International Spine Injection Society, the Israeli Pain Society, and the International Neuromodulation Society, noted that when it comes to pinpointing when is a “migraine” really a migraine headache, the once popular ‘vascular theory of migraine’ purported that migraine headaches were a cause of dilatation and vasoconstriction of cerebral blood vessels is no longer considered mainstream.

“More reflective of current research is the idea that migraines are caused by ‘cortical spreading depression’ or a wave of electrical activity sweeping across the brain,” Schocket said.

Schocket further explained that the electrical wave activates a nerve system known as the ‘trigeminovascular system’ (TVS) which is a network of nerves that can irritate the pain-sensitive lining of the brain (the meninges).

“The TVS explains the distribution of migraine pain, which often includes the front and back of the head and the upper neck,” Schocket said. “The prolongation and intensification of migraine pain is propagated by the inflammatory response (neurogenic inflammation) triggered by the TVS.”

For more information, please visit: http://capitolpain.com/when-is-a-migraine-headache-really-a-migraine/ and http://capitolpain.com/blog/.

About Capitol Pain Institute

Dr. Matthew Schocket founded Capitol Pain Institute to provide progressive and innovative pain management in Austin and central Texas.

Capitol Pain Institute provides expert pain management care and treatment in a truly multidisciplinary center that affords our patients the benefits of comprehensive care.

The patient experience at Capitol Pain Institute begins with a face-to-face consultation with one of our pain management physicians. During this initial visit, a unique treatment plan is designed based on the specific individual needs of each patient.

Contact Details:

Dr. Matthew Schocket
Capitol Pain Institute. PA
3508 Far West Blvd, Suite 150
Austin, TX 78731
Phone: (512) 467-7246
Fax: (512) 467-7247

Source: Capitol Pain Institute. PA

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