Migraine Specialist

The Hammett Clinic -  - Neurology

The Hammett Clinic

Neurology Specialists & Aesthetics located in Columbia, SC

Painful and often disabling, migraine and headache disorders affect more than 36 million people in the United States and are ranked by the World Health Organization as one of the 10 most disabling diseases on the planet. At The Hammett Clinic in Columbia, South Carolina, neurologist David Hammett, MD, and his team specialize in the treatment of migraines and other causes of head pain. They offer some of the most innovative treatments available, including Botox® injections. To get relief from your migraine pain, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Migraine Q & A

What is a migraine?

A migraine is a type of headache that often begins with a dull ache that progresses to an incessant throbbing and pulsating pain that can be felt at the temples, as well as in the front or back of one or both sides of your head. In addition to the pain, you may also experience nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to noise and light.

Around 15% of migraine sufferers also experience what’s known as an aura before the onset of the migraine attack. During an aura, you may have:

  • Visual or auditory hallucinations
  • Disruptions in smell, taste, or touch
  • Numbness, pins and needles sensation, or difficulty recalling words or speaking

Your aura symptoms can last up to an hour before the head pain begins.

What can I expect during a migraine consultation?

Dr. Hammett and his team at The Hammett Clinic conduct comprehensive examinations when you come in with concerns about migraines or head pain.

During your initial visit, the team asks you a number of questions about the specifics of your attacks and your medical and family history. When you provide specific details, the team is better able to craft a successful course of action for your needs. Before you visit The Hammett Clinic for the first time, think about your answers to the following questions:

  • Who in your family also suffers from migraine headaches?
  • What does your headache feel like?
  • Where is the pain located specifically?
  • When do you get headaches?
  • Does something trigger your headaches (changes in weather, drinking wine, certain foods, etc.)?
  • How long do your headaches last and how long to they take to intensify?

Dr. Hammett and his team want nothing more than to help you get relief from your pain, and the comprehensive examination helps direct your treatment plan.

How are migraines treated?

Dr. Hammett creates individualized treatment plans based on your specific circumstances and conditions following the migraine protocol. Some of the treatment options include:

  • Medication
  • Botox® injections
  • Acupuncture
  • Lifestyle changes

Dr. Hammett began working with Botox during its early stages of research and development and has helped many people find relief from their migraine pain using this innovative injection therapy.

Can I get help for other causes of head pain?

Yes, Dr. Hammett is a headache specialist and offers treatment for many head conditions, including chronic headaches, head injuries, and concussions. The team discusses your symptoms with you and takes the time necessary to assess your particular situation and develop the most appropriate treatment plan.

For expert management of your migraine pain or other head condition, call The Hammett Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.