It’s estimated that 14% of the population have migraine headaches. While migraines affect both women and men, women are three-times more likely to face the challenge of these severe, recurring headaches. The integrated team at MultiCare Medical Group can help you find relief through comprehensive evaluation. Call our office at 402-505-7989 in Papillion, Nebraska, or schedule an appointment online to begin care.

What happens before a migraine begins?

You may notice changes that signal an oncoming migraine in the day or two before the pain starts. During this period of time, called the prodrome phase, you may experience:

  • Mood changes from depression to euphoria
  • Food cravings
  • Neck stiffness
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Constipation
  • Frequent yawning

About 15% of people with migraines experience an aura before their headache pain begins. Aura symptoms typically last 20-60 minutes and often involve your eyes, so you may see flashes of light or have distorted vision.

You could also develop changes in touch, speech, and movement. For example, you may feel tingling in your arms, have a hard time talking, hear noises or music, or have uncontrollable movements.

What happens when migraine pain ends?

Some people feel exhausted following a migraine, while others feel elated. When your migraine pain finally stops, you may go through a 24-hour period called the post-drome phase. During this time, many people experience:

  • Weakness
  • Moodiness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Ongoing sensitivity to light and sound


Migraines Symptoms

A migraine is one of the most painful types of headaches, although it often begins as a dull ache, then the pain builds for one to two hours. While migraines commonly occur on one side of the head near the temple, you may feel pain anywhere around the head or neck.

Migraine characteristics include:

  • Throbbing pain that lasts up to 72 hours
  • Movement worsens the pain
  • Sensitivity to light and sounds, and possibly smell and touch
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Lightheadedness

Migraines Treatment

Our integrated team will work with you to determine the best plan of care possible. Sometimes several methods are utilized at the same time. Depending on your specific situation, you could expect to receive one or more of the following treatments.

  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Botox Injections
  • Chiropractic Manipulation
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Chiropractic Manipulation
  • Laser Therapy
  • Ultrasound Therapy

 The team also works with you to identify lifestyle factors that might set off your migraines, such as foods, food additives, beverages, and sensory or environmental triggers.