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By Winchester Neurological Consultants
August 03, 2020
Category: Neural Issues
Tags: Epilepsy  

Does your epilepsy medication make you feel drowsy or nauseated, or even worse, fail to control your seizures? Treatment approaches that work well for one patient aren't necessarily the best choices for other patients. Your Winchester VA neurologists at Winchester Neurological Consultants offer treatments tailored to your condition and needs.

How to find the best treatments for you

Epilepsy doesn't just cause seizures but may increase your risk for depression and anxiety, mood and memory issues, fertility problems, learning disabilities, and migraines. The disorder can affect every area of your life from your social life to your ability to drive or work.

Treating epilepsy and the complications and challenges that can occur if you have the disorder requires a comprehensive treatment method and consultations with a variety of medical professionals. Fortunately, epilepsy centers offer access to a team of experts that includes neurologists, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, epileptologists, and neurosurgeons. This includes the office in Winchester VA.

Your team will consider your lifestyle, the type of seizures you have, the medications and treatments you've tried before, and your general medical history when making treatment recommendations. During your visit to the Winchester epilepsy center, you'll also discuss your treatment goals. In addition to preventing seizures, you may also want to increase your energy level or improve your ability to focus at work or school.

Treatments may include:

  • Medications: Your treatment may involve one or two anti-seizure medications. Your doctor will weigh the effectiveness of the medication with possible side effects before prescribing medications.
  • Dietary Changes: The foods you eat may play a role in your seizures. Some people who have epilepsy benefit from following certain diets, including the Low Glycemic Index Diet, Modified Atkins Diet, or Keto Diet.
  • Therapy: Cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation therapy, and other therapies can help you cope with your condition and make changes that will improve your life.
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS): Implanted under the skin in your chest, the VNS device sends mild electrical impulses to the brain via the vagus nerve. These impulses prevent seizures.
  • Clinical Research Trials: When you're a patient at an epilepsy center, you may be eligible to participate in research trials to test the latest epilepsy treatments.
  • Surgery: Surgery might be recommended if you don't notice an improvement in your symptoms after trying other treatments.

Are you unhappy with your current epilepsy treatment? Call your neurologists in Winchester VA at Winchester Neurological Consultants at (540) 667-1828 to schedule your appointment.

By Winchester Neurological Consultants
July 21, 2020
Category: Migraine Treatment
Tags: Migraine  

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.

By Winchester Neurological Consultants
July 20, 2020
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

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:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • 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:

  • Insomnia
  • 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.

By Winchester Neurological Consultants
June 22, 2020
Category: Mental health
Tags: Sleep Disorders   Sleep  

The amount and quality of sleep we get can have an impact on our health. For example, a lack of sleep can lead to low energy levels throughout the day or difficulty concentrating. The physical effects of sleep loss are often readily understood, while the mental effects are less known. If a lack of sleep is affecting your mental health, the experienced providers at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester VA can help.

Sleep Disorders

An occasional poor night’s sleep can leave you feeling less than your best the next day but is usually nothing to worry about. However, chronic sleep problems can harm your overall mental health. If you regularly experience difficulty sleeping or often feel unrested in the morning, you might have a sleep disorder. Some different types of sleep disorders include:

  • Insomnia
  • Sleepwalking
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Periodic limb movement

The skilled providers at our clinic in Winchester VA can perform diagnostic screening tests to determine if you have a sleep disorder. Once a diagnosis is made, a treatment plan can be developed to help you achieve more restful sleep. For example, individuals diagnosed with sleep apnea experience interrupted sleep due to brief pauses in breathing during the night, often due to the tongue blocking the airway. An oral appliance or a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine can keep the airway open so you can sleep more soundly.

How Sleep Affects Mental Health

Sleep can affect your mental health in a few different ways. Prolonged sleep issues, such as those due to a sleep disorder, could potentially contribute to certain mental health issues. For instance, some research studies have shown that people who struggle with insomnia have a higher risk of developing depression than individuals who do not have a sleep disorder. Additionally, a lack of restful sleep could also lead to increased irritability and difficulty dealing with stress.

A lack of quality sleep can also aggravate existing mental health conditions. For example, individuals who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues might experience a worsening of symptoms when they are not getting enough quality sleep.

In contrast, achieving restful sleep regularly can potentially lead to better mental health. When you are well-rested you are likely to think clearly, concentrate better, have better recall, and enjoy a more positive mood. The knowledgeable providers at Winchester Neurological Consultants can help prevent sleep issues from adversely affecting your mental health by developing a plan to help you achieve better sleep.

Our helpful providers can help you enjoy better physical and mental health by addressing your sleep issues. To schedule an appointment or a virtual Telehealth visit, call Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester VA at (540) 667-1828.

By Winchester Neurological Consultants
April 27, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Telemedicine  

When you have concerns about your health or are feeling a bit under the weather, you typically arrange a consultation with your doctor. You might even go to the emergency room or urgent care clinic for after-hours situations. However, with the advancement of communication technology, your healthcare options are likewise expanding.

Via the telemedicine services here at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, you’ll be able to obtain healthcare advice anywhere and at any time, all within the comfort of your own abode.

Telemedicine Basics

Put simply, telemedicine enables you to discuss your medical concerns, symptoms, and the like with your doctor in real-time through specialized software from your doctor or a simple video conferencing app. You could obtain a diagnosis, find out about your treatment choices, and receive a prescription. In some cases, doctors could even keep track of readings remotely through medical devices to monitor a patient’s condition and specific symptoms.

How Telemedicine Works

Take note that telemedicine is not suitable for medical emergencies such as stroke, heart attack, broken bones, or lacerations that need casts, splints, or x-rays. Basically, telemedicine is not advised for anything that needs hands-on, immediate care. Telemedicine, however, is extremely useful for general guidance, especially during these times of social distancing.

Whether you have a very busy schedule, can’t go out of the house, or live in a remote place, telemedicine consultations with your doctor could aid in improving your wellbeing and overall health. It could be a practical option when you have a migraine episode, a cold, or just need to consult with your doctor for any non-emergency health concern.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t ever have to go to your doctor’s office ever again, it does, however, make healthcare more affordable and accessible in suitable situations.
 

If You Have Any Medical Questions or Concerns, Give Us a Call

Set up your telemedicine consultation with one of our doctors here at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, by calling (540) 667-1828.





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