We all get headaches from time to time, whether due to stress, lack of sleep, sickness, or even a change in the weather. But while headaches can be relieved with an over-the-counter medication, rest, and a little time, Migraines can be intensive, chronic, and hard to treat.
Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, can help you find relief from your migraines so you can get through your days -- and nights -- comfortably.
What causes migraines?
The potential cause of migraines is extensive, from lifestyle habits to the environment. Foods like chocolate and cheese and alcoholic or caffeinated beverages can trigger migraines, as can dehydration. Changes in the weather or temperature, bright or pulsating lights, smoke or other strong odors, or lack of sleep or food can also lead to migraines. If you have overexercised or exerted yourself, migraines may develop. Hormonal changes are another possible cause.
How do I recognize a migraine?
The signs of migraines are more wide-ranging and severe than those of a typical headache. In addition to throbbing or aching head pain, you may also feel nauseated, experience blurred vision, become sweaty or feel cold, become dizzy, feel especially sensitive to lights, sounds, and smells, or feel congested.
How can I treat a migraine?
If you are suffering from migraines, it's a good idea to consult with your provider at our Winchester, VA, office to help pinpoint the cause and best solutions. Depending on the cause, intensity, and frequency of your migraines, one or more of the following may help:
- Increasing consumption of non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic fluids
- Use of a cold compress on the forehead or pressure points
- Avoiding triggering foods or drinks
- Taking an over the counter pain reliever
- Massaging your temples
- Eating in regular increments
- Trying stress relief techniques like meditation, yoga, deep breathing, or massage
- Getting more hours of sleep
- Use of medication prescribed by your provider for migraines
If migraines are making you miserable, call Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, at 540-667-1828.