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Do you suffer from painful migraine headaches? Literally millions of Americans do, and here at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, our five physicians and their team of compassionate experts help people control their migraine headaches. Read on to learn more about this puzzling, often debilitating condition and how we can help.
What is a migraine?
The National Headache Foundation says that migraines are brain-based, caused by an imbalance of naturally-occurring chemicals. They may begin as a low-grade ache in one area of the head and then progress to intense, widespread, throbbing pain.
My migraines last about four or five hours. Is this typical?
Healthline says migraines last anywhere from four to 72 hours. They progress through fairly distinct phases, and as they resolve, they leave patients feeling quite fatigued. Weakness and confusion often accompany this recovery phase, as well.
My vision acts up with my migraines. What's going on?
Vision often blurs as a migraine starts. However, some people have what's called ocular migraines which express with little to no pain but cause distressing visual disturbances such as temporary blindness, zig-zag lines, stars or spots.
Can food and activity trigger migraines?
Yes, they can. Too much physical activity, lack of sleep, consumption of red wine, cheese, chocolate, and more may initiate migraines. The American Migraine Foundation reports that stress commonly triggers these headaches. A small percentage of migraine sufferers experience a warning that a headache is developing. This warning is called an aura—an unusual visual, tactile or auditory disruption.
How can my headaches be controlled?
Self-care is an important part of migraine management. Here at our Winchester, VA, office, we will assist you in identifying your triggers and will develop a treatment plan to control them. Some over-the-counter medications reduce pain and other symptoms. Additionally, cold compresses, sitting or resting in a darkened room, and massaging your temples/forehead may help. Your neurologist may recommend prescription medications, such as beta-blockers, or even injections of BOTOX to limit the movement of certain muscles of the face and scalp.
Find out more about migraines
The more you know about your headaches, the more empowered you will be to manage them. For expert and compassionate help, please contact Winchester Neurological Consultants for an in-office consultation with one of the physicians in our migraine clinic. Phone us today at (540) 967-1828.
If migraines are affecting your quality of life we can help you manage your symptoms.
Did you know that migraines are the 3rdmore prevalent illness and the 6thmost debilitating illness in the world? Migraines are severe headaches that can affect both men and women of all ages, from teens to older adults. While there are some people who may experience migraine attacks once or twice a month, there are some people who deal with them daily. From the office of our Winchester, VA, neurologists, find out more about migraines and how we can help.
Is it a migraine?
So, how can you tell if you are dealing with a migraine or just a really awful headache? While a headache can be painful, a migraine is actually a neurological disease that causes severe and sudden throbbing and stabbing pain, usually originating on one side. Along with severe pain, the patient may also experience,
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Tingling or numbness in the face or extremities
- Visual disturbances (also known as auras)
Some patients may experience these symptoms prior to the migraine’s onset. A migraine can last anywhere from four hours to 3 days. Patients who have anxiety, depression or other mental disorders are also more likely to deal with chronic migraines.
When should I see a doctor about my migraines?
It’s time to see a neurologist in Winchester, VA, if,
- Your migraines are interfering with your life
- You are dealing with weekly or daily migraines
- You can’t seem to get your symptoms under control
- You are self-medicating regularly (taking over-the-counter pain relievers more than twice a week)
How are migraines treated?
Here in our office, we offer a migraine clinic, which provides diagnosis and treatment plans for patients suffering from migraines. Even though migraines cannot be cured we can create specialized treatment programs to reduce the severity and frequency of your attacks. Some of these treatment options include,
- Prescription migraine medications
- Stress management & relaxation techniques
- Diet and lifestyle changes
- Cognitive-behavioral therapies
If you are dealing with migraines in Winchester, VA, then it’s time to find an effective way to get your migraines under control. Call Winchester Neurological Consultants today to schedule your consultation.