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Migraine treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions

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What is a migraine?

Over 2.7 million Canadians experience migraines, but unfortunately, the exact cause of migraines is still unknown. Patients with migraines can have severe throbbing pain, concentrated in a particular area of the head, lasting from hours to days. Some patients also have nausea and vomiting, discomfort around bright lights, sounds, and strong scents.

What are the symptoms of a migraine?

There are typically 4 stages of a migraine, though you may not experience all of them.

The first stage is prodrome – the pre-stage of a migraine which occurs 1-2 days before the attack. In this stage you may experience:

  • Constipation
  • Food cravings
  • Frequent yawning
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Mood changes
  • Stiff neck

The second stage is the aura, which affect the nervous system. Think of it as a warning signal that occurs before a migraine. Symptoms include:

  • Difficulty speaking
  • Hearing noise or music
  • Pins and needles sensation in limbs
  • Seeing shapes, bright spots, or flashes of light
  • Sudden and uncontrollable movement
  • Temporary vision loss
  • Weak or numb sensation

The third stage is the attack. This occurs when the migraine is in full force and lasts about bout 72 hours. Typical symptoms include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light, sounds, smell, and/or touch
  • Throbbing, pulsing pain in one or both sides of your head

The last stage is post-drome. This stage occurs after the migraine attack. You may feel exhausted or elated. Other symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Moodiness
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Weakness
When should I see a doctor about a migraine?

You should see a doctor if:

  • Your migraine is sudden and severe
  • You experience frequent migraines
  • You experience confusion, dizziness, fever, numbness, shortness of breath, stiff neck, vomiting, diarrhea, temporary vision loss, weakness, and/or paralysis

Meet our doctors

Our physicians are Canadian licensed and practice family or emergency medicine right here in Canada.

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Dr. Eric Fonberg

Dr. Eric Fonberg

Family & ER Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Peter Iracleous

Dr. Peter Iracleous

ER Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Shafik Dharamshi

Dr. Shafik Dharamshi

ER Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Marni Brooks

Dr. Marni Brooks

Family Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Tanja Vlahovich

Dr. Tanja Vlahovich

ER Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Gita Kruger

Dr. Gita Kruger

Family & Urgent Care, Calgary

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Dr. Michael Verbora

Dr. Michael Verbora

Family Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Kate McLachlin

Dr. Kate McLachlin

Family Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Shane Hawkins

Dr. Shane Hawkins

Family & ER Physician, Halifax

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Dr. Bharat Bahl

Dr. Bharat Bahl

ER Physician, Toronto

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What is Maple?

With Maple, you can start talking to a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.

You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video.

Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

Can a doctor treat a migraine on Maple?

Migraines are best managed by avoiding triggers. However when you get a migraine, doctors will usually recommend using over the counter painkillers like Tylenol and Advil. Based on your symptoms and medical history, doctors may also suggest trying triptans, a class of prescription strength drugs that are used to treat migraine pain.

If the doctor suspects you have a more serious problem, they may suggest you go to a clinic for a thorough in-person examination.

You should seek emergency  care if you experience symptoms that are out of the ordinary for your migraines, such as abrupt and sudden onset of a severe headache, issues with speech, or numbness/paralysis in your body.

Can I get a prescription on Maple?

Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or we’ll deliver it right to your door at no additional cost.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

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