Posts for: January, 2020
Do you suffer from throbbing headaches preceded by visual problems, nausea, or vomiting? These symptoms often indicate a migraine, a debilitating headache of somewhat mysterious origins. At Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, our team of five board-certified neurologists listen to headache patients and take their problems seriously. Read on to learn some steps you can take to relieve your migraine symptoms.
What is a migraine?
Usually focused in one area of the head, a painful migraine throbs, sickens the stomach, and disturbs vision. Many people also say they see flashing lights, spots, or zig-zag lines before a migraine begins. Neurologists call these precursory signs an "aura."Additionally, some migraines are so intense they make people lose time from work and school as well as interrupt family life.
More women than men experience migraines, indicates the MRF, to a staggering ratio of 8.5 women to 1 man. Some researchers believe that the hormonal fluctuations associated with the child-bearing years make women more prone to migraines. Additionally, there seems to be a hereditary component. In other words, migraines run in families.
Key to successful management of your migraines is the identification of specific triggers. For instance, some people notice their migraines develop after eating certain foods, such as chocolate or cheese. Others experience these headaches after being touched or seeing bright and/or flashing lights. If you can control these triggers, you may limit the number of migraine episodes you have, along with their severity.
Additional migraine treatment strategies offered by our Winchester office include:
- Medications such as beta-blockers, anti-depressants, and anti-seizure drugs
- Sitting in a dark room, avoiding light and motion
- Massage therapy
- Injections of BOTOX, a refined form of the botulism toxin which restricts the movement of muscles in the face, scalp and jaw
- Getting regular and adequate sleep
- Reducing stress
- Losing weight if you are obese
Fewer migraine days
It can happen when you and your neurologist work together on a customized care plan. Please contact Winchester Neurological Consultants for a consultation in our migraine clinic: (540) 667-1828.
The Concussion Clinic of Winchester Neurological Consultants can help with sports concussions. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head causing the brain to move back and forth rapidly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The jolt to the brain results in chemical changes in the brain which may damage brain cells.
Concussions have a serious effect on a person's health. They're also not easy to diagnose even though they're common even if there's a cut or bruise on your head. In a nutshell, concussions are unseen and signs may take days or weeks to manifest.
Symptoms of a concussion may include:
- feeling dazed
- slurred speech
- balance problems
- blurred vision
- sensitivity to light and noise
- ringing in ears
- behavior or personality changes
- difficulty concentration
- memory loss
The Concussion Care team at Winchester is multidisciplinary. The team consists of athletic trainers at the school level, referrals by a primary care physician and our own Dr. Fowler.
The clinical experts are trusted resources if you want to learn about any of the following:
- Neurological Assessment. This is a review of medical and neurological history, neurological examination, neuro-imaging review, vestibular/balance and cognitive testing
- Baseline ImPACT testing and consultation by someone with credentials from ImPACT
- Post-injury evaluation and coping-mechanism recommendations
- Vestibular rehabilitation
- Assisting students on their path to recovery after a sports injury
- Cognitive testing including ImPACT testing
- Neurotrax testing
- Referrals to neuropsychologists for cognitive evaluations
If you would like to read more about concussions, you can visit the following websites:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC Heads Up/Concussion information
- AAN Concussion Toolkit
- Concussion Quickcheck
If you have any questions or concerns regarding concussions and would like to speak with your doctor in Winchester, VA, then don't hesitate to contact Winchester Neurological Consultants today.