Millions of people deal with headaches and migraines on a daily basis. What are your treatment options when the pain is chronic and alters your lifestyle? What type of specialist should you see? In this Patient Power program, Dr. Sylvia Lucas, joins Andrew to discuss treatment options for headaches and migraines, and answer many questions from live callers. Dr. Lucas is a neurologist and medical director of the Headache Center at the University of Washington Medical Center.
This program begins with Dr. Lucas helping to explain what a migraine headache is and the various treatments available, including pain medication, new prescription medicines, side effects of medications and other therapies for dealing with the pain. She answers questions from listeners discussing migraine auras, the relation to sleep apnea and headache, and headache pain that radiates throughout the body. Dr. Lucas provides information about migraine and headache triggers and what you can do to avoid these.
What if you’ve tried everything and nothing seems to work or medication stops working? Dr. Lucas suggests seeking a specialist, like the Headache Center at the University of Washington Medical Center. You’ll hear about ways to identify the problem, such as blood tests, MRIs and CAT scans. She talks candidly, and hopefully, about the future of headache research. If you’ve been a long-time sufferer of headaches or migraines, this program is a useful resource in your journey to finding an appropriate therapy.
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