Dr. Martinez and our team of highly educated physician assistants and nurse practitioners are specialists in Headache, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Concussion, and Post-Concussion Syndrome with expertise in Chronic Migraines. Our goal is to provide excellent comprehensive headache care.
Once we have established the diagnosis, the next step will be to develop a management plan for your specific headache type. This management plan may include patient education, preventative and acute medication trials and keeping a headache diary. The goal is to establish a headache-free state whenever possible.
More than 37 million Americans suffer from migraine, with women being affected three times more often than men. This headache is most commonly experienced between the ages of 15 and 55, and 70% to 80% of sufferers have a family history of migraine. Less than half of all migraine sufferers have received a diagnosis of migraine from their healthcare provider. Migraine is often misdiagnosed as sinus headache or tension-type headache.
Many factors can trigger migraine attacks such as: changes in sleep-wake cycle, missing or skipping a meal, medications that cause a swelling of the blood vessels, headache medication overuse, bright lights, sunlight, fluorescent lights, TV and movie viewing, certain foods, and excessive noise. Stress and/or underlying depression are important trigger factors that can be diagnosed and treated adequately as well.
The pain of migraine is typically felt around the eye or temple area. Pain can also occur in the face, sinus, and jaw or neck area. Some people have tingling in their arms or face or trouble speaking. Others experience visual auras such as wavy lines, dots or flashing lights and blind spots twenty minutes to one hour before the actual onset of a migraine.
Tests such as MRI and CT scans are useful tools to confirm the lack of organic causes for the patient’s headaches.
There is currently no test to confirm the diagnosis of migraine.
We are pleased to be able to offer:
Same Day acute treatment (in most cases depending on insurance) including: Toradol injection, triptan injection, steroid injections in various forms of nerve blocks, medication management.
As compassionate caregivers, we try to help patients achieve a level of relief that can improve their quality of life.
Key Headache Neurology Clinic Staff
Kenneth P. Martinez, M.D.
Vanessa Madrigal, R.N.