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Neurosciences

Headaches and Migraines


The Saint Thomas Health neurology team offers care for headache and migraine conditions. While most headaches don't require a doctor’s visit, you should see a doctor if:

  • Your headaches occurs suddenly
  • Your headaches have gotten worse over time
  • Your headaches occur upon waking up or wake you up regularly
  • Your headaches began occurring frequently after age 50
  • The headache does not get better with over-the-counter medicine

 

 

Define the difference between headache and migraine symptoms

The difference between a headache and a migraine is distinguished by whether pain is a symptom or a disease. Migraines are a disease and the pain is cause by vasodilation in the cranial blood vessels, while headache pain is caused by vasoconstriction. Migraines are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, auras, sensitivity to light and sound, numbness, difficulty in speech, and severe semi-hemispherical head pain.

 

How are headaches and migraines treated?

Prevention of migraine headaches involves medications and lifestyle changes. The headache specialists at Saint Thomas Medical Partners offer new and innovative treatments for migraines, such as erenumab, the first preventive drug ever developed specifically for migraine patients. Drugs originally developed for epilepsy, depression, or high blood pressure can also potentially reduce migraine headache days. Our providers also are trained to inject Botox to assist with migraine prevention.  

 

 

Schedule an appointment

If you have experienced ongoing migraine and/or headache symptoms, please schedule an appointment using the contact information below:

Saint Thomas Medical Partners - Neurology - WST
Phone: (615) 222-1251
Fax: (615) 222-1258
4230 Harding Road
Suite 535
Nashville, TN 37205