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YNN: Dr. Niangui Wang and Migraine Solutions

December 24, 2012
Migraines are actually a neurological disease, and women are three times more likely than men to get them, and it’s often genetic.

Vivian Parsons never had a migraine before, but her first one lasted two weeks.

“I had the nausea, I had dizziness. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t walk around the house without gasping for air. It was just pain, pain, pain, upon pain,” she said. “My head was going to explode. I would have pressure on my temples, to the front of my head, to the back of my head, going down my neck. It was just pressure. All I could do is lie down and cover my face with a pillow and hope I could go to sleep for a couple of hours.”

After days of severe pain, and no relief from over-the-counter medications, she headed to the emergency room.

“They gave me injections, they kept me for two days and they released me. I left with a headache,” Parsons said.

Still suffering two weeks later with the migraine, Parsons sought treatment from the Capital Region Neurology where she met Neurologist Dr. Wang. He said people should be aware of their triggers.

“Stress, lack of sleep, not enough water and not sleep well,” Dr. Wang said.

Diagnosing a migraine is done after other causes are ruled out.

“It can be due to trauma, due to brain tumor, infection,” Wang said.

At the center, Parsons was given an intravenous drug targeting her headache pain.

“The injection ran for the course of an hour and I felt so much better after just that one injection,” she said. “I didn’t have the pressure any more. I didn’t feel like I was going to cry from the pain.”

When getting treatment while at an ER, you will get immediate relief in most cases, but you may need long-term care from a specialist.

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