Migraine Specialist

The Belinga Clinic -  - Neurologist

The Belinga Clinic

Neurologists located in Fort Smith, AR

Migraines cause pain and disabling symptoms that sometimes last for days at a time. Steve-Felix Belinga, MD, and his outstanding team at The Belinga Clinic offer effective, compassionate relief for migraines. If you suffer from frequent, painful migraines, schedule an evaluation with a trusted expert. Call the office in Fort Smith, Arkansas, or request an appointment online today.

Migraine Q & A

What is a migraine?

People often think that a migraine is a very bad headache, but it’s really a neurological condition. Migraine does cause severe head pain; it also causes several other debilitating symptoms. These symptoms vary in terms of severity and duration depending on the patient and the type of migraine. Sometimes migraines last for days and interfere with normal activities. 

What are common migraine symptoms?

Pain caused by migraines often occurs on only one side of the head. It’s usually more severe than a tension headache. 

The most common types of migraines share several symptoms, including:

  • Pulsating, pounding, or throbbing pain
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Fatigue

Some people experience an “aura” with migraines. This refers to visual disturbances, such as holes in your field of vision or seeing geometric patterns. Some patients also experience mood changes or uncontrollable jerking movements.

What causes a migraine?

Researchers don’t fully understand why some people have migraines, but genetic factors may contribute to the condition. 

Migraines typically arise from triggers. Examples of these include:

  • Stress
  • Inadequate sleep
  • Low blood sugar
  • Caffeine or alcohol
  • Certain foods, such as chocolate
  • Food additives
  • Bright lights or loud noises
  • Changes in weather

Normal hormonal changes, hormonal birth control, and estrogen-based hormone replacement therapy can trigger migraines in women.

How does a doctor diagnose migraines?

Dr. Belinga begins with a review of your medical history and a discussion of your symptoms. He performs a physical exam, which may include neurological testing. He may also order brain imaging, such as an MRI, to rule out other causes of your symptoms.

How are migraines treated?

Depending on your individual needs, Dr. Belinga may recommend preventive medication, rescue medication, or both. 

Preventive medication, which is taken daily, helps reduce frequent migraines and lessen their severity. Rescue medication, ideally taken at the first sign of a migraine, relieves head pain and may lessen the severity of other symptoms. 

Dr. Belinga may also recommend dietary or lifestyle changes to help control your migraines. 

If your condition doesn’t respond to these conservative measures, Dr. Belinga might suggest a minimally invasive procedure, such as a nerve block injection, to address your migraine pain.

For relief from migraine pain, schedule an evaluation. Call The Belinga Clinic today, or book an appointment online.