Migraine Specialist

Scott C. Hippeard, MD -  - General Medicine

Scott C. Hippeard, MD

General Medicine & Aesthetics located in Roanoke, VA

The throbbing, pulsing pain of a migraine can take away your quality of life. At his Roanoke, Virginia, medical practice, Scott C. Hippeard, MD, offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment options for migraine headaches. Whether you need to make changes to your lifestyle or medication therapy to prevent disruptive migraine pain, Dr. Hippeard develops a custom treatment plan to address your needs and help you stay fully functional and healthy. End your migraine struggle today. Call the office for an appointment.

Migraine Q & A

What is a migraine?

A migraine is a recurring headache, often causing moderate to severe, throbbing pain. While you can experience a migraine on only one side of your head, you may have pain on both sides, accompanied by other symptoms, such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

Many that experience migraines also find they become more sensitive to light and sounds, making it difficult to work or engage in their usual activities.

What causes migraines?

You may get migraines because of a family history or your genetic predisposition to this type of painful headache. Migraine causes aren’t well understood, but may be triggered by your environment, age-related issues, or frequent stress.

Other common triggers of migraines include:

  • Medications
  • Certain foods
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Hormonal changes

Certain mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder, may also influence your chances of developing migraines.

Women may be at more of a risk for developing migraines than men, especially during pregnancy, menopause, or during other phases of hormonal changes.

Dr. Hippeard can determine if your headaches are migraines based on their severity and your symptoms. He may recommend a CT scan or MRI to rule out other conditions that may cause migraine-like pain and other symptoms.

What treatments are available for migraines?

There currently isn’t a cure for migraines. The goal of treatment is to quickly reduce your pain and prevent future episodes.

Initially, Dr. Hippeard may recommend using over-the-counter migraine medications and anti-inflammatories to alleviate pain. You should also spend time in a quiet, dark room with your eyes closed to keep you comfortable. Stress reduction techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, can also help relax your body and reduce pain.

If your migraines continue to interfere with your life, Dr. Hippeard may prescribe medications to prevent the frequency of attacks. Through routine checkups, he can determine the effectiveness of your medication therapy and monitor changes in your migraines and overall health.

You can also make changes to your lifestyle to reduce your risk for migraines, such as eating a healthy diet, getting daily exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight. It’s also important you get good-quality sleep every night.

Writing down the times and dates you experience migraine pain can also help Dr. Hippeard create the right treatment plan to reduce the occurrence and severity of your migraine headaches.

Find relief from migraines by calling the office today.