Migraines services offered in The Loop, Chicago, IL

Are migraines disrupting your life? At Michigan Avenue Primary Care, the team understands the toll migraines can take on your daily activities. The providers are here to provide compassionate care and effective treatments to help you manage and alleviate your migraine symptoms. Call the office in The Loop of downtown Chicago, Illinois, today or request an appointment online.

Migraines Q & A

What causes a migraine?

Migraines are a neurological condition characterized by intense, throbbing headaches often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. While the exact cause of migraines is not fully understood, they are believed to involve a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurological factors.


Certain factors can trigger migraines in susceptible individuals, including:

  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes
  • Food and drinks (such as alcohol, caffeine, and aged cheeses)
  • Lack of sleep
  • Environmental factors (such as bright lights or strong odors)
  • Changes in weather

Identifying and avoiding these triggers can help reduce the frequency and severity of migraines.

What's the difference between a headache and a migraine?

Headaches and migraines are often used interchangeably, but they are distinct conditions with different symptoms and triggers. While headaches can vary in intensity and duration, migraines are typically more severe and accompanied by additional symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to stimuli.


Common symptoms of migraines include:

  • Throbbing or pulsating pain on one or both sides of the head
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and smells
  • Aura (visual disturbances such as flashing lights or blind spots)

How are migraines treated?

Effective management of migraines often involves a combination of lifestyle modifications, preventive measures, and medications tailored to individual needs.

Lifestyle Modifications

Simple lifestyle changes can help reduce the frequency and severity of migraines, including:

  • Maintaining a regular sleep schedule
  • Managing stress through relaxation techniques or counseling
  • Avoiding known triggers
  • Establishing a consistent exercise routine

Preventive Medications

For individuals with frequent or severe migraines, preventive medications may be prescribed to reduce the frequency and severity of attacks. These medications are taken regularly, even when not experiencing symptoms, to prevent migraines from occurring.

Acute Treatments

When migraines occur, acute treatments are used to relieve symptoms and shorten the duration of the attack. These may include over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription medications, or specific migraine medications known as triptans.

Comprehensive Care for Migraines

Michigan Avenue Primary Care offers comprehensive care for individuals suffering from migraines. The team of experienced healthcare professionals will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs and lifestyle. 

Don't let migraines control your life – schedule an appointment today online or by phone, and take the first step toward relief.