Migraine F.A.Q.

Migraine Headache Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How prevalent is migraine headache in the Fort Worth, Texas Area?

A: Around one in seven Texans suffer from migraine headache. Most of these people have at least one migraine headache per month, and it can be debilitating. Migraine affects three times as many women as men.

Q: What causes migraine headache?

A: The root causes of migraine headache are not well understood. Genetics and environment both seem to be factors. Migraine triggers include hormonal changes in women, stress, alcohol or caffeine, bright lights, strong odors, poor sleep, physical exertion, changes in the weather, pollen, certain medications, certain foods and food additives.

Q: How do I get rid of a migraine headache?

A: Lifestyle changes and migraine headache medication may help you. Talk to your primary care physician. Bring a headache diary if you can, to provide some insight into your headache frequency, intensity, and triggers. Ask your Primary Care Physician for a referral to a neurologist, the doctors specifically trained to treat migraine headache.


Q: What kind of the Fort Worth area migraine headache doctor should I see?

A: Ask your primary care physician if she or he thinks you need a referral to a neurologist, the type of physician 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. Kane Hall Barry Neurology has a headache clinic in its offices Bedford and Keller.

Q: What headache/migraine medications are used?

A: Migraine headache medications can be divided between those that relieve pain of migraine headache attacks, and those intended to reduce or prevent migraine headaches. See the chart below for a list of migraine relief medications to discuss with your doctor.

Migraine headache medication may be in order, but also: Are you getting enough sleep? Are you eating right? Staying hydrated? Can you lower everyday stress?

Q: Do Migraine Sticks get rid of migraine headaches?

A: Migraine sticks are roll-on aromatherapy treatment that you apply to your temples, forehead and the back of your neck. Like many alternative treatments for disease, you’ll see bold claims made and glowing reports from satisfied customers. These kinds of treatments may bring some relief –if only due to the placebo effect (who cares, if it works for you!?!). Unlike prescription migraine headache medications, however, they do not (and possibly cannot) document proof of effectiveness via clinical studies.

Q: What about Excedrin Migraine for migraine headache?

A: Excedrin Migraine is a “combination pill,” containing Acetaminophen (like Tylenol), Aspirin, a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (like Motrin or Advil) and caffeine (like coffee). While you may find Excedrin Migraine works for you, be cognizant of the risk of rebound headache if you don’t follow dosing instructions on the bottle. It’s worth talking with your doctor about.

Q: Are migraine headaches covered by health insurance in Texas?

A: Subject to your deductible or co-payment, your doctor visit for migraine headache should be covered by your health care plan, Medicare, and Medicaid if you are in the network they specify. Please ask us if you aren’t sure. Our phone number is (817) 267-6290. We will also check how your plan covers the specific medication your Kane Hall Barry clinician doctor prescribes for you.


Q: Are there migraine headache support groups in the Fort Worth area?

A: We aren’t aware of any migraine headache support groups in the Fort Worth Texas area. Let us know if you’d like to start one.

Locations

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