Migraines Specialist

BCT Medical Associates

Pain and Perioperative Practice located in South Plainfield, NJ

Migraines not only hurt your head, but they also hurt your productivity and wellbeing. Bao Chau Tran, MD, takes a multifaceted approach to migraine treatment, offering lifestyle guidance and treatments like injections to help you fend off migraines. BCT Medical Associates focuses on long-term migraine relief. If you live near South Plainfield or the surrounding central New Jersey area, make an appointment with BCT Medical Associates by phone or online.

Migraines Q & A

What’s the Difference Between Headaches and Migraines?

The location and type of pain differ between headaches and migraines.

Normal headaches tend to cause occasional mild, dull pressure while migraines cause recurring, agonizing grief. They also cause pressure and achiness in the forehead, temples, and back of the neck.

Migraines usually cause intense throbbing on one side of the head or alternate from side to side. Unlike headaches, migraines tend to be accompanied by additional symptoms including:  

  • Nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite
  • Visual disturbances such as aura, spots, or flashing lights
  • Sensitivity to sounds and light
  • Exhaustion or weakness
  • Neck stiffness

What Causes Migraines?

Scientists are unsure exactly what causes migraines. However, many people have certain migraine triggers in common including:

  • Hormonal disruptions from birth control, hormone replacement therapy, pregnancy, menstrual cycles, and menopause
  • Stress
  • Inadequate sleep
  • Certain foods, drinks, or food additives like aged cheese, wine, MSGs, and aspartame
  • Caffeine from dark chocolate or coffee
  • Dehydration
  • Air pressure changes from weather
  • Medication

Genes, serotonin levels, and environmental triggers also seem to play a contributing role in migraines. Low serotonin levels cause blood vessels to swell, which can result in pain. Migraines appear to be related to electrical activity patterns in the brain.

How Do You Treat Migraines?

Dr. Tran starts with a preventive approach by trying to determine if you have any migraine triggers. Tracking your caffeine, sleep, food, and stress levels may help you pinpoint your triggers so you can avoid them. Dr. Tran can help you make dietary changes, improve your sleep habits, and learn stress-relieving techniques.

Once you’ve ruled out your triggers, Dr. Tran provides additional migraine support. Some people respond well to the occasional use of anti-nausea medications, pain relievers, or triptans. Others do well with daily anti-seizure or antidepressant medication. Other techniques worth trying include chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, injections, and other alternative methods.

When you do experience a migraine, it’s important to rest in a quiet, dark room. Cold compresses and pressure massage on your scalp may provide some relief.

If migraines are a routine part of your life, book an appointment with Dr. Tran online or over the phone to start coordinating your care and put them behind you.

What we offer

Pain Management Services