Helping women manage headache pain
Although most headaches are not life threatening, and cannot be identified from a brain scan or blood test, we take them very seriously. We recognize that headaches may cause substantial discomfort, and may severely affect an individual’s ability to perform at work or school, enjoy family and social events, or even carry on normal daily activities. Three times as many women suffer from painful, debilitating headaches than men, in fact, statistics show that 10-14 percent of women suffer from menstrual migraines due to fluctuating hormone levels. Our main goal delivering headache treatment at the Women’s Center is to improve our patient’s quality of life by effectively diagnosing and managing their headache pain. Dr. Vincent Martin, an internationally renowned headache specialist and Co-Director of the Headache and Facial Pain Program, part of the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, offers a personalized approach for women suffering from mild and nagging to severe and debilitating headaches. We treat primary headaches such as migraines that have no obvious cause, as well as those that are caused by serious underlying medical conditions that may require prompt diagnosis and treatment. Pain found more in the cheekbones, nasal region or below the eyebrow is considered facial pain, while headaches are in the forehead, top of the head, sides of head and back. These disorders tend to overlap and we know that patients with headache can have facial pain and vice versa. Because headache is a disease of the nervous system, there’s not a cure, but what we offer patients are solutions to dramatically reduce the frequency, severity and disability of the headaches and make them less impactful on life. We help patients identify headache triggers that can be avoided and give the tools necessary to cope and manage the disease effectively so patients don’t miss out on the joys of daily living. Research by Dr. Martin and his team is shedding light on the intricacies of headache triggers. As part of an academic medical center Dr. Martin is investigating how female hormones, sinus disease and allergies trigger headaches. Ongoing investigation into the relationship between joint hypermobility (being double jointed) and headache is taking place along with how some diseases—asthma, rhinitis, depression, and anxiety – are interrelated with headache. If you have an interest in supporting this very important research please click here to make a donation to the Headache Research Fund at the UC College of Medicine. No gift is too small.
It’s already understood and expected that your body will change as you experience different phases of your life—from adolescence to pregnancy to menopause. What is sometimes overlooked, though, is that your brain is responding to these changes as well. Fluctuating hormones play a big role in your neurological health, and can sometimes trigger migraines, seizures and impact the effectiveness of medicines prescribed to manage neurological disorders and result in other neurological changes. If you’re diagnosed with a neurological condition, we’ll work side-by-side with your primary care physician, OB/GYN and other specialists to ensure everyone has a clear understanding of your health goals and possible impacts of new medicine, diet or life phase to your neurological health.
Conditions we treat
- Infections of the nervous system
- Memory deficits and Dementia
- Movement disorders and Tremors
- Multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases
- Neurological trauma and concussion
- Neurologic Complications of Systemic Diseases or Treatments
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Seizures and Epilepsy
- Sleep disorders
- Tumors of the nervous system
We excel at coordinated, patient-centered care and deliver treatment options to patients with the conditions listed above.