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Migraine Specialist

Tom Macek, MD -  - Board Certified Pain Management & Board Certified Anesthesiology

Tom Macek, MD

Board Certified Pain Management & Board Certified Anesthesiology located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

If you’ve ever experienced a migraine, you understand how debilitating the pain can be and how hard it is to concentrate on anything else. For women and men in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Dr. Tom Macek is the pain management specialist of choice. If you suffer from migraines, schedule a consultation with Dr. Macek today to explore treatment options. Online scheduling allows you to book your visit at a time that’s convenient for you, or call the office.

Migraine Q&A

What is a migraine?

A migraine is a condition of multiple neurological symptoms that can create severe head pain. Some believe a migraine is just a very bad headache, but it is a far more debilitating health problem.

There are different subtypes of migraine, classified according to the type of symptoms each brings. Some of the more common types include:

  • Migraine with aura
  • Migraine without aura
  • Migraine without head pain
  • Hemiplegic migraine
  • Retinal migraine
  • Chronic migraine

Describe your symptoms to Dr. Macek in detail to facilitate an accurate diagnosis.

What are some symptoms of a migraine?

Head pain is the most common symptom, but many men and women begin to experience other symptoms a day or two before the headache begins. These early signs of a migraine include:

  • Neck stiffness
  • Constipation
  • Food cravings
  • Mood swings from euphoria to depression
  • Frequent urge to yawn
  • Increase in thirst and urination

For those who experience frequent migraines, these signs allow them to predict when head pain will arrive.

Auras are symptoms associated with your nervous system. Migraine aura can produce:

  • Visual phenomena including flashes of light, colors, or shapes
  • Difficulty with speech
  • Hearing sounds or music
  • Sensations of pins and needles in your arms or legs
  • Sensation of weakness or numbness in your face or one side of your body
  • Vision loss
  • Inability to control jerking body movements

Once a migraine subsides you might experience mood swings, confusion, weakness, or sensitivity to sound or light.

How are migraines treated?

Dr. Macek has a great deal of experience treating migraines, and can help you reduce the impact that a migraine has on your life.

Medication might play a role in your treatment plan. Some drugs work to control the pain of a migraine, and it may take some time to find the right combination to meet your needs.

If you suffer from frequent or severe migraine attacks and other medications haven’t helped, you might be a good candidate for preventive therapy. Some of these medications include:

  • Beta-blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-seizure medications

Some men and women find relief through Botox injections. A new drug called Aimovig is showing a great deal of promise. All of these medications carry a risk of side effects, however, so it’s important to work closely with Dr. Macek to find the right treatment path.

Don’t live with painful migraines when there is safe and effective treatment available. Schedule a visit with Dr. Macek online or by phone to explore your options.