Migraines Specialist

De Castro & Basit, MDs

Primary Care Practice & Aesthetics located in Hanford, CA

If you’ve ever had a headache that lasted up to three days, accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light or sound, you most likely experienced a migraine. For men and women who suffer migraines more than occasionally, Dr. Jacqueline G. De Castro and Dr. Jasper F. Basit, of De Castro & Basit, MDs, in Hanford, California, specialize in diagnosing the underlying cause of your migraines, so you can manage them effectively, and reduce their frequency. If migraines are disrupting your life more than once in a while, call the office to schedule an exam, or use the online booking system.

Migraines Q & A

What causes migraines?

The exact cause of a migraine headache remains a mystery to the medical community, but research does indicate that genetics and environmental factors somehow play a role. Studies also link changes in the brain or chemical imbalances to migraine pain. And, people who suffer from migraines typically suffer from depression or anxiety, as well.

Additionally, people who experience regular migraine headaches usually have certain triggers that spark the onset of the unpleasant, sometimes debilitating, symptoms of a migraine, which often include:

  • Throbbing pain on one side of your head
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and sound

For some people, migraine symptoms make it difficult to get out of bed and go about their daily routine.

What are some common migraine triggers?

There are a variety of factors attributed to the onset of a migraine, including:

  • Hormonal changes during monthly periods, pregnancy, or menopause
  • Birth control medications or hormone replacement therapies
  • Stress
  • Certain foods, like dairy or processed foods
  • MSG and other food additives
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Caffeine
  • Strong smells, like perfume or smoke
  • Intense physical activity
  • Changes in barometric pressure

The knowledgeable team at De Castro & Basit, MDs, works with you to help you understand your triggers and how to avoid them to reduce the onset of a migraine headache. If you have certain risk factors, you’re more likely to experience migraines, too.

Who is at risk for migraines?

If you’re a woman, you’re more likely to get migraines than men. Additionally, if you have a family history of migraines, or other medical conditions, like depression, anxiety, or a sleep disorder, you may be at a higher risk of developing migraines as an adult, although children can get migraines, as well.

What treatments help migraines?

Depending on your specific symptoms and triggers, Dr. De Castro or Dr. Basit creates a treatment plan to help you manage migraine symptoms most effectively. The goal of treatment is to reduce the number of headaches you get and make symptoms less severe. Treatment depends on your age, existing health conditions, and lifestyle.

Your provider takes a whole-person approach to helping you manage your migraines, so your treatment plan may include:

  • Managing stress
  • Avoiding certain foods
  • Pain medications
  • Counseling
  • Hormone therapy

You may even try alternative therapies or home remedies so you can get long-term relief.

To get expert migraine care in a compassionate environment, call to schedule an appointment or book online.