Migraines are type of chronic headache that occurs in both adults and children. Migraines are caused by overactive nerve cells in the “pain center” of the brain. These nerve cells send signals to blood vessels, causing them to swell and press on nerves around them.
The pressure on nerves can cause migraine symptom such as:
- Blurred vision
- Loss of appetite
- Moderate to severe pain that lasts from 4 hours to 3 days
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to light, sounds, or smells
You may also experience an aura, which can be a warning that a migraine is about to begin. Auras may affect your vision, causing wavy lines, blind spots, or bright flashing lights. Not all types of migraines are accompanied by auras.
Women are three times more likely to experience migraines than men. You may also be at a higher risk for migraines if one of your parents has them.
At the University of Miami Health System, our migraine experts create comprehensive treatment plans to prevent migraines and reduce migraine pain. We strive to improve your quality of life and ensure migraines don’t disrupt your daily activities.
Why Choose UHealth?
Specialized headache services. We specialize in headaches, so you know you are getting neurologists with specific experience. When you meet with our specialists, they obtain an accurate diagnosis and develop a headache care plan that emphasizes prevention, risk reduction, safety, and return to well-being. Consultation and referral services are enriched with patient education and interdisciplinary referrals when appropriate.
A top-rated neurology team. Did you know that 30 percent of people who are sent to specialized centers for difficult seizures find out they were misdiagnosed? An inaccurate epilepsy diagnosis could mean years of costly and unnecessary medications. The expert physicians at our state-of-the-art International Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (ICEC) provide you with a comprehensive medical evaluation, so you get the right diagnosis and the right treatment the first time you are evaluated.
High case volume. Our neurologists are experienced and knowledgeable. The number of patients our department has cared for is impressive; as an example, there are about 2,500 patients with movement disorders, 2000 patients with multiple sclerosis, 1000 patients with cognitive impairment, 1500 with stroke and about 300 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Experts in pediatric neurology. The pediatric neurology specialists at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in affiliation with Holtz Children's Hospital and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, are committed to the diagnosis and treatment of childhood-onset neurologic disorders.