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Are you a migraine sufferer? When is it time to see a neurologist?
While everyone will experience a headache during their lifetime, those who deal with migraines genuinely understand pain. Migraines are severe and often debilitating headaches that can cause light sensitivity, auras, nausea and vomiting. If you are having trouble getting your migraines under control, it’s time to turn to our Winchester, VA, neurologists.
What makes a migraine different from a headache?
Most people assume a migraine is just an intense headache, but it’s more than that. A migraine is considered a neurological disorder that can impact pathways and chemicals in the brain. These changes within the brain can lead to a migraine, which can cause,
- Severe pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to light and sound
Many people with migraines are in so much pain that they have to lie in bed in the dark, as light and sounds are too much.
What causes migraines?
Our Winchester, VA, team will look into many factors when you come into our clinic for migraine treatment. Common migraine triggers include,
- Genetics/family history of migraines
- Environmental triggers such as lack of sleep, certain foods, weather changes, and stress
- Hormonal changes (more common in women)
When should I see a neurologist?
If you are dealing with migraines regularly, you owe it to yourself to turn to our trusted team of experts to find out what’s going on and get the help you deserve. You should schedule an important for our team if,
- Your migraine lasts for more than a day
- You also notice changes in vision along with your migraine
- Your migraine pain is getting worse
- You also experience seizures with your migraines
- Your migraines are impacting your life and activities
You need to seek immediate medical attention if,
- You are dealing with the worst head pain you’ve ever experienced
- You lose your vision
- You lose consciousness
- You can’t stop vomiting
- Your headache persists for more than 72 hours
How are migraines treated?
We will go through your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms during your visit. From there, a physical examination, as well as additional diagnostic imaging tests such as an MRI, may be recommended to determine the cause of your migraines. Once we determine that you are dealing with migraines, we can determine the best treatment approach. Most individuals are prescribed medications designed to alleviate symptoms or prevent attacks from occurring.
Winchester Neurological Consultants is a Winchester, VA, neurological clinic that can help you get your migraines under control. To schedule an evaluation with our team, call us today at (540) 667-1828.
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.
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.