Migraine Specialist

Clinical Neurology

Clinical Neurology located in Leesburg, VA, Purcellville, VA & Reston, VA

Pain, sensitivity to light, and nausea are just a few of the common symptoms you know too well if you are someone who suffers from chronic migraines. Dr. Harmeet Singh at Clinical Neurology in Leesburg, Virginia, understands that these symptoms can be completely debilitating. With years of experience dedicated to helping patients get out from under their painful health condition, Dr. Singh provides the latest procedures to find a solution that works best for you. If you live in or around the northern Virginia area, and ready to get your migraines under control, call Dr. Singh or book online to schedule your consultation. Clinical Neurology is currently accepting new patients from Leesburg, Clinical Neurology is currently accepting new patients from Leesburg, Lansdowne, Ashburn, Purcellville, Sterling, Herndon and surrounding areas.

Migraine Q & A

What is a migraine?

A migraine causes throbbing pain in your head far more severe than a standard headache. Migraines are usually accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea or sensitivity to light.


What are the symptoms of a migraine?

Most migraines occur in four stages, each with its own symptoms. Though not everyone experiences all four stages of a migraine, you can expect at least a few of the following symptoms:

Prodrome

The prodrome is the “warning stage” of a migraine and symptoms include subtle changes in your body, such as neck stiffness, constipation, changes in mood, and frequent yawning. The exact changes differ from person to person.

Aura

The least common stage of a migraine, auras are symptoms of your body’s nervous system as it deals with a migraine. Symptoms are usually visual in nature, such as bright spots and flashes or vision loss. However, some patients report other sensory or physical symptoms, such as difficulty speaking or the sensation of pins and needles on one of the limbs.

Attack

You might consider the attack the main part of a migraine –– it brings intense pain on one or both sides of the head that often feels like it is throbbing or pulsing. You might experience symptoms such as:

  • Sensitivity to light and sounds
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurred vision

Postdrome

The postdrome is the recovery period following a migraine attack. You might feel drained and tired, or even rejuvenated following the passing of the attack. Mood changes, dizziness, and confusion are also possible symptoms.


Why do people get migraines?

It’s not fully understood why people get migraines, though it’s thought that genetics play a large role. Age and sex also affect the prevalence of migraines, with women nearly three times more likely to suffer from them.

Migraines are typically triggered by a specific event unique to each individual. These triggers are wide-ranging, and a large variety has been reported, including:

  • Certain foods
  • Poor sleep or a change in sleep habits
  • Certain medications
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Changes in the environment, including weather or pollen

How is a migraine treated?

Dr. Singh takes the latest medical approach to treating migraines and administers an injection of Botox, a muscle relaxant typically associated with cosmetic treatments. Dr. Singh may also prescribe pain medication, preventive medication, and lifestyle changes, such as avoiding certain migraine triggers.

If you suffer from migraines and need help taking back control of your life, call Dr. Singh at Clinical Neurology to book your appointment, or schedule online.