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Apr 29, 2013 8:46 PM by Alex Labat

Living Right: Relieving Migraine Pains

There are more than two million people in the United States alone that suffer from "chronic" migraines. Of those that suffer from the headaches, almost all of them, 91%, are forced to stay home from work due to the pain. Symtpoms of migraines include: a sensitivity to light and or sound, throbbing pains in one or multiple areas, and nausea if the headache is bad enough.

When Ashley Berthelot finally had enough of fighting with her migraine headaches, she visited the Our Lady of Lourdes Neurology Center.

Berthelot says, "I chose Dr. Snatic because I know he's like the headache specialist. He was able to figure out the kind of migraine I had on the first visit which I thought was awesome."

Berthelot is one of 30 million people in the United States who suffers from migraine headaches. Dr. Snatic says the headaches are debilitating, and are one of the leading causes of people having to miss work.

Dr. Snatic says, "it probably produces more disability in terms of missed work than say arthritis and diabetes and two or three other diseases combined. It's quite a serious economic problem and quite a bother for patients that have migraines."

Berthelot and her doctor both agree that the best treatment for a migraine is seeing a neurologist.

"There's so many kinds of migraines, that it's really important i think to go to a headache specialist that can pinpoint what kind you have and they can tailor your approach to fixing it," says Berthelot.

Dr. Snatic adds, "Not all headaches are benign. It's good to get a medical opinion. Sometimes simple things can help, and if simple things don't help, see a headache specialist. See a neurologist."

Alex Labat
alabat@katctv.com

 

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