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I have migraines so blindingly painful they take over my life. Is there a helpful treatment?​

"Yes, what you and many other migraine sufferers may not realize is that migraines are a treatable disorder," says Michael Newmark, M.D., a board-certified physician specializing in Neurology at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "We have prescription medications that can offer considerable relief.”

Although unable to prevent a migraine from occurring, Dr. Newmark says that certain prescriptions can significantly reduce the pain and duration of an acute attack.

“Migraines may exhibit symptoms prior to the actual headache,” he says.

Early-stage symptoms may include blurred vision, blind spots or seeing jagged lines.

“Don’t ignore the warning signs, as most medications that target migraines must be taken in the early stages to be more effective,” he emphasizes.

The exact cause of migraines remains something of a mystery.

“We do know that migraines are related to blood-vessel or electrical changes in the brain, which may be activated by triggers such as dehydration and allergic reactions to certain foods,” he says. “Women seem particularly susceptible to migraines during hormonal fluctuations.”

Other triggers include red wine, sudden changes in weather, bright lights and strong odors.

“I advise severe headache sufferers to see a neurologist. We can check for medical conditions which could cause their headaches, prescribe medications, help identify migraine triggers and offer lifestyle strategies to help avoid them,” concludes Dr. Newmark, who cares for patients at Kelsey-Seybold’s Clear Lake Clinic and  Main Campus locations.​​

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Michael Newmark, MD, FAAN

​In order for me to fully treat my patients, I try to learn as much as possible about them to get an understanding about the best course of treatment. I follow up by educating them about ways that we can work together to improve their outcomes.