Migraines

Advanced Pain Specialists

Jalaja V. Piska, MD

Interventional Pain Management Physician located in Frankfort, IL & Kankakee, IL

Few things can alter the course of a normal day faster than a migraine. Finding relief becomes a top priority and is possible through the care of Jalaja Piska, MD, of Advanced Pain Specialists in Frankfort and Kankakee, Illinois. If you or a loved one suffers from migraines, call the office today to book a consultation. Online scheduling is available and allows you to book from the comfort of home any time of day or night.

Migraines

What are migraines?

Many people believe that migraines are simply a severe form of headache. While head pain is a common symptom of migraine, the condition is actually a collection of neurological symptoms.

Researchers are unclear about the exact cause of migraines but believe that a combination of environmental and genetic factors are to blame. There are numerous known triggers that can provoke a migraine, including:

  • Hormonal fluctuations in women
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Alcohol or caffeinated beverages
  • Certain foods, including salty or highly processed foods
  • Stress
  • Certain medications
  • Physical exertion


If you have a close relative with a history of migraines you are more likely to experience them. 

How do I know if my headache is a migraine?

Everyone has a different experience of migraine symptoms, and you are unlikely to encounter all of the signs of a migraine. Some things to keep a watch for include:

  • Throbbing or pulsing head pain
  • Pain can occur on both or just one side of your head
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to sound, light, touch, or scents 


Men and women who experience migraines can often tell an attack is coming days beforehand. They might notice blurred vision, unusual sensations in their face and limbs, or even hear or see things that others cannot detect. 

What are some treatments for migraines?

Dr. Piska will explain your available treatment options and help you make a choice that is in line with your needs and goals. Medications can help treat migraines. There are some drugs that work to lessen migraine symptoms and others that can help prevent migraines from occurring. 

BotoxⓇ injections can treat migraines by temporarily preventing muscles in your neck and head from going through their full range of motion. Because muscle tension plays a role in migraine pain, this approach can be very effective. 

A medication called AimovigⓇ is an injectable treatment to prevent migraines. The drug targets a molecule called calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) that facilitates the transfer of pain signals between your body and brain. Other drugs work in much the same way. 

When you’re ready to explore migraine relief options, call the office to book a visit, or spend a few moments on the online scheduling page.