Migraine Specialist

Westchester Neurological Consultants

Neurological Consultants located in Yonkers, NY

Over 38 million people in America suffer from migraines that affect their quality of life, forcing them to miss work, or resulting in difficulty functioning during a migraine attack. At Westchester Neurological Consultants in Yonkers, New York, highly trained neurologist Emad Soliman, MD, MSc, and his exceptional team provide accurate diagnosis and treatment for debilitating migraine headaches. For state-of-the-art treatments and a compassionate staff who takes the time to discuss and assess your symptoms, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Migraine Q & A

Westchester Neurological Consultants

What causes migraines?

Although the exact cause of migraines isn’t known, genetics, environmental factors, or structural problems in your neck may be contributing causes of migraine pain and the associated symptoms. Generally, something triggers the onset of your migraine pain, such as:

  • Stress
  • Hormonal fluctuations, especially in women
  • Strong smells
  • Bright lights or loud noises
  • Certain medications
  • Processed foods or food additives
  • Alcohol, especially wine
  • Lack of sleep
  • Environmental changes in the weather or barometric pressure
  • Intense physical exertion

You may have a higher risk of developing migraines if you have a family member who also suffers from migraine headaches. And, women are three times as likely to experience migraines than men, especially after puberty.

How can I tell the difference between a migraine and headache?

Generally, headache pain is occasional and comes without the side effects of migraines. If you experience migraines on a regular basis, you most likely also endure one or more of the following accompanying symptoms:

  • Food cravings
  • A stiff neck
  • Frequent yawning
  • Constipation
  • Increased thirst
  • Mood changes
  • Visual disturbances, like seeing bright lights
  • Throbbing pain on one side of your head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue or hyperactivity
  • Dizziness or feeling faint

Each person experiences migraines differently, so you may have several of these accompanying symptoms, or you may be able to sense when one is coming on. Another sign of a migraine is that pain usually doesn’t respond to over-the-counter pain-relieving drugs.

What treatments are available for migraines?

If you suffer from regularly occurring migraine headaches, you may find relief from both preventive medications and acute remedies. With preventive medicines, the goal is to reduce the number of migraines you experience, while acute medications relieve symptoms as they’re happening. Many people get relief taking medications that were originally developed for epilepsy and depression as part of a preventive routine.

Additionally, taking medications to relieve pain and restore function during a migraine attack, along with stress management, may help reduce the severity of your migraine. Dr. Soliman and the team sometimes use Botox® to treat migraines, as well.

Botox is FDA-approved to treat chronic migraines in men and women who experience headache pain 15 days or more each month. With several treatments, Botox blocks the receptors in nerve endings so they don’t activate pain networks in your brain.

For a comprehensive exam and a customized treatment plan to relieve all of your migraine symptoms, call Westchester Neurological Consultants or schedule an appointment online today.