Posts for: July, 2020
More than just a headache, a migraine causes a slew of uncomfortable symptoms that can last hours or even days. The headaches affect 12 percent of Americans, according to the Migraine Research Foundation, and tend to occur much more often in women. Your Winchester, VA, neurologists at Winchester Neurological Consultants offer migraine treatments that can ease your pain.
What are the symptoms of a migraine?
Migraines cause severe, throbbing headaches that may make it impossible to function. Pain is often limited to one side of the head. During a migraine, you may become extremely sensitive to sounds and light and might need to retreat to a dark, quiet room until your symptoms subside. Migraine can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
Some people experience auras a few hours before a migraine starts. If you have migraines with aura, you may see flashing or zigzag lights, experience a temporary loss of vision, or notice tingling or numbness in your arms, legs, or other parts of the body.
What causes migraines?
It's not exactly clear why migraines occur, although genetics may play a role in the painful headaches. Certain things can trigger migraines. Triggers vary from person to person, but can include:
- Hormonal changes in women
- Strong odors or bright lights
- Weather changes
- Lack of sleep
- Skipping meals
- Anxiety and stress
- Tobacco or caffeine use
- Foods (Some people experience migraines after consuming chocolate, yeast, processed meat, alcohol, fruits, pickled foods, aged cheeses or foods that contain monosodium glutamate (MSG).
How are migraines treated?
Over-the-counter pain relievers may not be strong enough to treat migraine pain. Your Winchester neurologists can offer prescription drugs that are more effective in treating pain and can also provide medications that reduce nausea. If you have chronic or daily migraines, you may benefit from taking preventive medications that reduce or prevent migraines.
Keeping a headache log will help you identify your migraine triggers. If you get a migraine every time you eat blue cheese, eliminating the cheese from your diet may be a simple way to reduce migraines. Relaxation or stress-relief techniques can be helpful if you notice that you often get migraines after a stressful day at work or school.
Don't suffer unnecessarily with migraine symptoms. Call your Winchester, VA, neurologists at Winchester Neurological Consultants at (540) 667-1828 to schedule an appointment.
At Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, a common complaint in our office is sleep apnea - a sleep disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. Sleep apnea is dangerous and can incur a blocked airway, contribute to diabetes, hypertension, and other life-threatening medical conditions. If you have suspicions or fears regarding sleep apnea, don't ignore them. Below are some frequently asked questions. If yours isn't answered here, call us today.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Common causes for this condition include:
- Enlarged Tonsils
- Soft Tissues of the Throat That Obstruct Air Flow
What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Does your partner interrupt your sleep at night? It's likely because you've initially disrupted theirs. Snoring too loud is often the first sign of sleep apnea. Snoring too loud is often the first sign of sleep apnea. Please visit our Winchester, VA, office to find relief from this nighttime nuisance if you experience one or more of the following:
- Loss of focus
- Decreased libido
- Morning headaches
- Tooth grinding (bruxism)
- Gasping for breath while sleeping
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Different types of sleep apnea range from mild to severe - to determine which kind you have, our doctor will ask questions about your sleeping pattern, fatigue levels during the day, and other indications such as loud snoring, mood changes, and irritability. These various forms require different treatment methods. Common ones include continuous airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, surgery to correct a potentially deviated septum or removal of the soft tissue in the throat, which widens the airway passage. Our doctors will discuss these treatment methods in detail during your visit to our Winchester, VA, office.
If you assume that you're falling victim to sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with our doctor for a proper diagnosis before signs and symptoms worsen. At Winchester Neurological Consultants, we offer telehealth visits via smartphone or computer at your request. For more information about sleep apnea, other conditions we treat, and services provided at our Winchester, VA, office, visit our website. If you have questions, concerns, or need to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment, please call (540) 667-1828.