Lori Schneider, MD
Neurologist & Medical Acupuncturist located in Cornelius, NC and serving patients from Huntersville, Davidson, Mooresville, Charlotte and Denver, NC
If chronic migraine pain limits your ability to enjoy life, you can find holistic solutions at Lakeside Neurology and Wellness Center in Cornelius, North Carolina. Lori Schneider, MD, a board-certified neurologist, takes a personalized approach to your migraine management plan. Dr. Schneider uses both traditional medications and alternative therapies, like Botox® injections, to lessen the frequency of migraines and improve the quality of life. To find out more about migraine treatments, schedule a consultation online or by calling Lakeside Neurology and Wellness Center today.
Migraine Q & A
What is a migraine?
A migraine is a severe type of headache that causes a throbbing or pulsing pain on one side of your head.
You may be prone to migraines due to your genetics and because of elements in your environment, such as:
- Strong smells
- Hormone changes
- Certain medications
- Changes in the weather
Certain foods may also contribute to migraines, especially alcohol, chocolate, and processed foods.
While anyone can develop migraines, women are at increased risk for this type of headache than men. You may also be more likely to experience migraines if you have a family history of the condition or underlying health issues like anxiety, a sleep disorder, or epilepsy.
What are the symptoms of a migraine?
A migraine headache typically begins gradually, and you may experience throbbing pain on one side of your head. You may have nausea and vomiting due to severe pain and become increasingly sensitive to sounds, light, and smells.
Some people also experience different phases of a migraine, starting with the prodromal phase that causes unexplained mood changes, yawning, and increased urination. The aura phase follows, which may cause you to see flashing lights and experience muscle weakness just before a headache. In the postdrome phase, you may feel confusion and exhaustion after your migraine.
How are migraines treated?
To help you manage your condition and prevent additional migraines, Dr. Schneider at Lakeside Neurology and Wellness Center takes a holistic and personalized approach. She focuses on minimizing your use of medications by recommending safe and effective natural supplements and alternative therapies like acupuncture.
Depending on the severity and frequency of your migraines, Dr. Schneider may combine these natural therapies with prescription medications, including Ubrelvy, a new class of FDA-approved migraine medication that is effective and well-tolerated by migraine sufferers.
Another therapy available is Botox®, to prevent and treat chronic migraines. Dr. Schneider’s husband, Jean-Pierre Riou, MD, FACS, administers this injectable medication to temporarily paralyze muscles that contribute to migraines. Dr. Riou can also offer patients Botox injections to reduce the severity and frequency of headaches.
Dr. Schneider can also recommend lifestyle and diet changes to reduce the frequency of your migraines. She can help you identify other migraine triggers, like stress and the use of certain medications, so you can avoid them.
If you have chronic migraines and are looking for solutions to prevent additional headache pain, call Lakeside Neurology and Wellness Center, or request a consultation through the online booking system today.