What is a Migraine Headache?

Kane Hall Barry Headache Clinic - Migraine Headache Overview

What is the diference between a common headache and a migraine?

Migraine headaches are intense and may have more symptoms than head pain alone, including nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, an aura or other changes in vision.  Migaraine sufferers often experience warning signs before the onset of head pain, including food cravings, mood change, fatigue, neck stiffness, frequent yawning, constipation, and/or increased thirst and urination.

Migraine headache is characterized by a throbbing headache of moderate to severe intensity. The pain is usually on one side of the head, but may involve both.

How long does a migraine headache last?

From a few hours to a few days.

Chronic migraine may be characterized as more than fifteen headache days per month over a three-month period where more than nine or more are migrainous (a long-lasting migraine that does not go away by itself).

Episodic migraine is characterized as 14 or fewer headache days in a month.

How to treat a migraine headache

Be aware of your migraine warning signs and take your pain medications as soon as possible. Always follow dosing instructions on the package or from your healthcare provider.

Relaxing in a quiet, dark room may reduce your pain. Sleep if possible.

Try ice packs for numbing or hot packs for relaxing muscles.

A little caffeine may help.

Keep a headache journal to try to identify your triggers.

As soon as you are able, ask your Primary Care Physician for a referral to a neurologist, the doctors specifically trained to treat migraine headache. If you don’t have a Primary Care Physician, call a neurologist yourself (our number is (817) 267-6290) and then go get a Primary Care Physician.

What our Migraine Patients are Saying

Such an A-MAZING PA and staff that handled my migraine so efficiently and with such great care.

April 27, 2019

I receive Botox injections from Dr. Kane for migraine treatment.  The treatment has completely changed my life.  Dr. Kane does a wonderful job with my injections - no side effects.  That is truly important.  Dr. Kane is so intelligent and compassionate about my migraine pain.  He is thorough in addressing "breakthrough migraines" and my medications.  His entire staff is kind, super efficient and helpful.  It's the best run doctor's office I have ever visited.

February 26, 2019

At 11am on a Friday, after CareNow, an ER and an ENT visit, I was referred to this office for headache\pain. The front desk actually found me a same-day appointment! The nurse that took my information was caring and promised the dr. would help me. When he came in and asked for all of the facts I worried he would be overly scientific but as soon as we laid out the facts he asked about my home\work responsibilities and the pain. We had very frank discussions about pain meds and I never once felt like he worried I was only after meds (can't say that about the other Docs I saw that day). In fact, I truly felt like Dr. Kane JOINED me in the fight to get better. Dr. Kane hadn't met me before but took everything I said at face value and trusted me like physicians should trust their patients. As a 40+ year old man, I cried through this appointment after feeling like someone finally HEARD me and was going to make it better.

October 3, 2018

It was such a relief to find a doctor that was actually interested in PREVENTING my daughters headaches rather than just try to figure out why she's getting them! Thank you Dr. Barry! We've waited a long time to finally get the right doctor.

July 27, 2018

Saw Dr. Barry for intractable migraine. He was kind and listened to my concerns. I did not feel rushed, and had all of my questions answered to my satisfaction.

July 8, 2018

Friendly Staff, always willing to fit me in for migraine shots, and works hard to help me become headache free!

January 22, 2018

Excellent Service from the second I walked in the door until he visit was over. I left feeling like I had a plan in place to help with my migraines.

September 7, 2017

I feel so fortunate to have found Kane Hall Barry to help me with my migraines.

April 20, 2017

Tracy is always a nice, pleasant caregiver. The infusions help my pain level of migraines immensely. Thank you for always being compassionate.

September 12, 2016

The people in the infusion room were great and very understanding of the pain the I was experiencing. They did all they could to make me comfortable during a difficult day. I am glad I was able to get in on the same day.

June 4, 2016

I go to the infusion center many times a year for migraine treatment. The staff is always very friendly and efficient. They are very attentive to the pain migraine sufferers are in. If the individual migraine room isn't available, they do their best to seat you in as quiet a place as possible. I can't say enough about how well you are treated when you are feeling badly.

December 14, 2015


1305 Airport Freeway
Suite 205
Bedford, TX 76021
Phone: (817) 267-6290
Fax: 817-267-0950
4525 Heritage Trace Parkway
Suite 117
Keller, TX 76244
Phone: (817) 267-6290
Fax: 817-267-0950