Migraines Specialist

Basant Farghaly, M.D. -  - Family Medicine

Basant Farghaly, M.D.

Family Medicine located in St Augustine, FL & Palm Coast, FL

Migraines can become entirely debilitating and last for days on end. Whether you’re currently suffering from a migraine attack, or you want to prevent the next one, schedule an evaluation at Basant Farghaly MD in St. Augustine, Florida. Dr. Farghaly provides migraine treatments, including immediate relief injections. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone.

Migraines Q & A

Why do I get migraines?

While the exact causes of migraines aren’t well understood, nor are they the same everyone, medical experts generally believe there are risk factors among migraine sufferers. Your migraines can stem from:

  • Poor sleep patterns
  • Genetics or family history of migraines
  • Brain chemical imbalances
  • Hormonal changes and fluctuations
  • Certain foods, including additives and artificial sweeteners

In some cases, extreme physical exertion can trigger migraines. For instance, if you go for a run or work out hard at the gym, you might have a higher chance of a migraine attack.

What are the symptoms of migraines?

Symptoms of migraines tend to come in stages. Most migraine sufferers can sense that a migraine attack is approaching one or two days ahead of time during the prodrome stage. For instance, if you start noticing neck stiffness, constipation, or drastic mood changes, you could have a migraine coming.

Once your migraine attack gets closer, you can transition into the aura stage, though not everyone does. During the aura stage, you might experience difficulty speaking, vision loss or visual disturbances, or tingling in your limbs. When your migraine attack strikes, you may feel:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Severe sensitivity to lights, sounds, or smells
  • Throbbing or pulsing pain on one or both sides of your head

It’s also common to go through a postdrome phase after your migraine attack. Your head pain might be gone, but you may still feel weak, dizzy, or confused. No matter how minor or how severe your migraine pain may be, you have options for relief with Dr. Farghaly.

How are migraines treated?

Treating migraines involves helping you get through your current attack while working to prevent future migraines. Dr. Farghaly may prescribe:

  • Ergotamine and caffeine combination drugs
  • Anti-nausea medications
  • Painkillers
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Preventive medications

Dr. Farghaly also offers sumatriptan injections, which can relieve most of the pain and throbbing of a current attack. These modern migraine injections can even help with cluster headaches and serious chronic migraines.

To get relief from migraines, walk into Basant Farghaly MD or book an appointment online or over the phone.