Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.
Regional Medical Center
1155 Mill St

Children's Hospital
1155 Mill St

Rehabilitation Hospital
1495 Mill St

South Meadows Medical Center
10101 Double R Blvd

Skilled Nursing
1835 Oddie Blvd

Carson Valley Medical Center
1107 HWY 395
Center for Advanced Medicine B
1500 E 2nd St

Center for Advanced Medicine C
75 Pringle Way

Institute for Heart & Vascular Health
1155 Mill St

Institute for Cancer
1155 Mill St
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.
Regional Medical Center
1155 Mill St

Children's Hospital
1155 Mill St

Rehabilitation Hospital
1495 Mill St

South Meadows Medical Center
10101 Double R Blvd

Skilled Nursing
1835 Oddie Blvd

Carson Valley Medical Center
1107 HWY 395
Center for Advanced Medicine B
1500 E 2nd St

Center for Advanced Medicine C
75 Pringle Way

Institute for Heart & Vascular Health
1155 Mill St

Institute for Cancer
1155 Mill St
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Renown Regional Medical Center

1155 Mill St Reno, NV 89502
775-982-4100


Renown Regional Medical Center
1155 Mill St, Reno, NV 89502
Renown Health serves a 17-county region with a total population in excess of 750,000. Our facilities include two medical centers, a rehabilitation hospital, a skilled nursing facility, numerous medical group and urgent care facilities, and the region's most trusted health insurance provider, Hometown Health. 775-982-5000

Renown Children's Hospital

1155 Mill St Reno, NV 89502
775-982-KIDS (5437)

Renown Children's Hospital
1155 Mill St, Reno, NV 89502
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Renown Rehabilitation Hospital

1495 Mill St Reno, NV 89502
775-982-3500


Renown Rebabilitation Hospital - 1495 Mill St
1495 Mill St, Reno, NV 89502
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Renown South Meadows
Medical Center

10101 Double R Blvd Reno, NV 89521
775-982-7000


Renown South Meadows - 10101 Double R Blvd
10101 Double R Blvd, Reno, NV 89521
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Carson Valley Medical Center

1107 Hwy 395 Gardnerville, NV 89410
775-782-1550


Carson Valley Medical Center - 1107 Highway 395
1107 Highway 395, Gardnerville, NV 89410
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Renown Skilled Nursing

1835 Oddie Blvd Sparks, NV 89431
775-982-3232


Renown Skilled Nursing - 1835 Oddie Blvd
1835 Oddie Boulevard, Sparks, NV 89431
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Renown Health Urgent Care

775-982-5000

Renown Health Urgent Care
9 convenient locations
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.
Renown Lab Services offers convenient access to complete your lab work with 10 locations close to your home or work. For your convenience, many of the locations are located inside or next to Renown hospitals and medical groups. Extended and Saturday hours are available at some locations.
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Center for Advanced Medicine B at Renown Regional

1500 E 2nd St Reno, NV 89502
775-982-4100


Center for Advanced Medicine B - 1500 E. 2nd St
1500 E. 2nd St., Reno, NV 89502
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Center for Advanced Medicine C at Renown Regional

75 Pringle Way Reno, NV 89502
775-982-4100


Center for Advanced Medicine C - 75 Pringle Way
75 Pringle Way, Reno, NV 89502
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Renown Institute Heart & Vascular Health

1155 Mill St Reno, NV 89502
775-982-7888


Institute for Heart & Vascular Health - 1155 Mill St
1155 Mill St, Reno, NV 89502
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Renown Institute for Cancer

1155 Mill St Reno, NV 89502
775-982-5638


Renown Institute for Cancer - 1155 Mill St
1155 Mill St, Reno, NV 89502
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Headache & Migraine

 

Headache or Migraine? Head Here to Renown Institute for Neurosciences

Doctors, nurses and technicians trained specifically in the field of headache medicine, provide each patient with a specific diagnosis and a management plan that is tailored to their particular needs to help reduce the frequency and severity of debilitating headaches and enjoy a better quality of life.

We participate in clinical research to ensure patients in the region have access to promising new therapies and treatments. We've assisted in the development of therapies for the acute and chronic treatment of migraine such as injectable and oral sumatriptan (Imitrex and Sumavel), topiramate (Topamax) and onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox®).

Headache or Migraine? Head Here to Renown Institute for Neurosciences

About Migraines

We are committed to providing leading-edge treatment options for persons suffering from chronic headaches and migraine.

A migraine is a severe, debilitating headache often accompanied by symptoms other than head pain, including lightheadedness, sensitivity to light, nausea and vomiting, and visual disturbances. Migraine account for 87 percent of all headaches, and the World Health Organization reports that 18 percent of U.S. women and 8 percent of U.S. men suffer from migraine headaches. Some types of migraine headaches include:

  • Abdominal migraine
  • Basilar-type migraine
  • Cyclic migraine syndrome
  • Familial hemiplegic migraine and sporadic hemiplegic migraine
  • Gastric stasis migraine
  • Menstrual migraine and menstrual-related migraine
  • Ocular migraine
  • Retinal migraine
  • Seasonal migraines
  • Silent (also known as acephalgic) migraine
  • Sinus migraine
  • Stress migraine
  • Tension migraine

To learn more about clinical trials currently enrolling patients at the Institute for Neurosciences, call 775-982-2970.

Chronic Migraine

Chronic migraine headache patients are described as people who experience headaches 15 or more days per month, each one lasting 4 to 72 hours and accompanied by nausea or light or sound sensitivity. There are two primary treatment options for chronic migraine: traditional oral medications and newer injection-based therapies.

Diagnosis

There is no specific test to determine if a headache is a migraine. A doctor simply evaluates a patient's symptoms and rules out the types of headaches that don't fit, which is why it's helpful to write down noteworthy information to share with the doctor.

A doctor may diagnose migraine without aura when patients have had five or more headaches with one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Headache pain lasting four to 72 hours
  • Pain on one side of the head
  • Throbbing pain
  • Pain intense enough to disrupt the patient's daily activities
  • Pain that gets worse with physical activity
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Light sensitivity

Patients may receive a migraine with aura diagnosis if they experience vision changes in addition to the above symptoms.

  • Seeing flashes or flickers of light
  • Seeing wavy or zig-zagging lines
  • Seeing stars, spots, circles, halos, lines, shapes or colors
  • Seeing 3D effects or other vision changes
  • Seeing dark areas
  • Blurry or cloudy vision
  • Loss of vision

A doctor may diagnose migraine with sensory aura if patients feel numbness or tingling; pins and needles; or odd sensations in the face, tongue, hands, arms, legs, feet or across the entire body.

Migraine treatment options include:

  • Prescription drugs to address conditions that contribute to the onset of migraine
  • Over-the-counter medications to relieve pain and other symptoms
  • Natural remedies and therapies including diet, exercise and meditation

Patients who suspect they suffer from migraines should record the symptoms, duration, and severity of headaches, and find a doctor who specializes in treating migraines. To learn more about treatment options for migraine headaches, please call 775-982-2970.

Initial Appointment

At their initial visit, patients are asked to provide the following information:

  1. When did headaches begin to interfere with routine daily activities? (As a young teenager? During a pregnancy? Last summer? Yesterday?)
  2. How often are headaches experienced, and how often are those headaches severe enough to interfere with routine activities?
  3. How could the headaches be characterized? What is the typical duration, intensity and location of pain, and what additional symptoms (if any) are experienced (nausea, light/sound sensitivity, tearing, runny nose, etc.)?
  4. Has there been any recent change in the character or frequency of headaches? If so, how have they changed?
  5. Have any medications been used in the past to prevent the headaches or treat them as they occurred? What was the response to those medications?
  6. Have any diagnostic tests confirmed a headache diagnosis. Diagnostic tests could include brain computerized tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, spinal tap and/or brain angiogram.
  7. Record, including dose and frequency, of all prescription and over-the-counter medicines taken for headaches.
  8. Medical History

Items to bring to an initial appointment:

  • Headache diary
  • Headache questionnaire
  • Relevant medical records
  • List of current medications and doses
  • Copies of any reports of brain scans or brain angiograms you have undergone in the past
  • Copies of any discharge summaries from headache-related hospitalizations

These questions can also help facilitate a discussion with a doctor:

  1. Do I need to be on preventive medication for my headaches?
  2. What can I use for an acute headache if I'm too nauseated to swallow a pill?
  3. What are the common side effects of any new medication prescribed?
  4. What non-medicinal strategies should I pursue to improve control of my headaches?
  5. What is safe for me to take for my headaches if I am attempting to become pregnant?