Migraines Specialist

My Emergency Room 24/7

Emergency Room located in Abilene, TX

Migraine headaches are the third most prevalent illness in the world, affecting about 12% of the population. Nurse practitioner Kelly Fussell and the expert team at My Emergency Room 24/7 treat migraines in patients in and around Abilene, Texas. If you or a loved one suffers from migraine headaches, call or walk into the clinic for prompt and professional care.

Migraine Q & A

What is a migraine?

A migraine is much more than a severe headache; it's a neurological disease with painful and disabling symptoms. Migraines involve recurring attacks of throbbing pain, sensitivity to light, nausea, and sometimes vomiting.

These attacks may last from a few hours to a few days and can interfere with your ability to work or complete daily activities. Migraines often start in childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood and may persist throughout life.

What are symptoms of a migraine?

Sometimes, migraines occur in stages and produce warning signs before an attack. About 15-20% of migraine sufferers experience neurological symptoms, such as seeing flashes of light or feeling numbness, before the headache starts.

Migraine attacks include one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Severe throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head
  • Visual disturbances
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, touch, and smell
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms, legs, or face

What causes migraines?

The exact cause of migraines remains unclear, but a variety of factors may trigger migraine attacks, including:

  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Skipping meals or fasting
  • Food additives such as aspartame and MSG
  • Alcohol, especially wine
  • Highly caffeinated beverages
  • Bright lights and sun glare
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Intense physical activity
  • Medications
  • Stress

Who gets migraines?

Migraines plague men, women, and children of all ages. Women are especially prone to this disease, with about one in four women experiencing a migraine at some point in her life. About 85% of chronic migraine sufferers are women.

How do you diagnose and treat a migraine?

The compassionate team of providers at My Emergency Room 24/7 understands how crippling migraines can be and strives to get you back to your normal life as soon as possible.

They begin with a comprehensive physical exam and review of your medical history. If your provider suspects you have a migraine, they may suggest further testing at My Emergency Room 24/7’s on-site facilities, such as:

  • Blood test
  • MRI
  • CT scan

If you suffer from migraines, the team at My Emergency Room 24/7 develops a personalized treatment plan to relieve your symptoms. Depending on your unique condition, this may include pain-relieving medications or preventive medications to reduce the frequency and severity of future migraines.

If you or a loved one suffers from migraines, call, book online, or walk into the clinic for immediate treatment.