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No Needle Allergy Tests

Do you have a chronic cough, chronic sinus congestion, chronic sore throat? These may all be indicators of allergies. If you are constantly going to the ER or urgent care center maybe its time to ask why you haven't been tested yet.


Detox Services

Most people cannot just walk away from opioid addiction. They need help to change their thinking, behavior, and environment. Unfortunately, "quitting cold turkey" has a poor success rate - fewer than 25% of patients are able to stay clear for a full year.

PharmacoGenetic Tests

Medications - One size does not fit all. More than 75% of people have genetic variations that determine how their bodies process and use drugs. This applies to prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines, herbal and dietary supplements.



Headache/Migraine Headaches

Migraine

Although it's common for a layperson to call any type of severe headache a migraine, migraine headaches actually refer to a very specific type of vascular headaches.  The specific causes of migraines are still being studied, but science suggests that they occur when blood vessels within the cranium swell and fill with blood.  This in turn activates the sympathetic nervous system, which triggers nausea and inhibits blood circulation. 

Migraines affect approximately 12% of the population, and they're somewhat more common in women than in men.  Migraines may affect many more patients than this as some migraines are misdiagnosed as tension headaches.  Migraines can be inheritied so children are not exempt from developing them. They can start early in life or later as an adult.

 

 

However, the symptoms of a migraine are usually distinctive:

-- Moderate to severe pain localized near the temple on one side of the head or switching between sides
-- Pain that pulses or throbs and worsens with physical activity
-- Nausea and vomiting
-- Increased sensitivity to light and sound

Many migraine sufferers also experience "auras" before the pain sets in.  An aura is a perceptual disturbance or hallucination that precedes the pain symptoms of a migraine.  Common migraines include visual disturbances, unpleasant smells, tingling extremities and confusing thoughts.  Approximately one third of migraine sufferers experience auras. 

Some migraine sufferers prefer to wait out the attack by finding a dark, quiet room and resting until the symptoms subside.  This does not always work, however, as migraines can last for several days.  The pain can be managed with analgesics, especially those including caffeine, and tricyclic antidepressants can be useful in the long-term management of symptoms for some patients.  A doctor may have additional treatment options that  can help to manage recurring migraines, so be sure to inquire about your options. 

Finally, remember that the symptoms of a migraine can be similar to those of a more serious condition, like a blood clot, stroke or meningitis.  If your headache is accompanied by a fever, if you have difficulty with movement, coordination or speech, or you're experiencing neck pain and stiffness, you'll want to seek medical treatment right away. 







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