Headaches & Migraines Specialist

Complete Neurological Care

Adult and Child Neurology & Epileptology located in New York & New Jersey

Headaches and migraines can feel debilitating and diminish your quality of life. At Complete Neurological Care, with New York City locations in Forest Hills and Astoria, Queens, and the Financial District, Midtown, and Washington Heights neighborhoods in Manhattan, plus Valley Stream and Hicksville, New York, and Passaic, New Jersey, their expert neurologists diagnose and treat head pain to offer you significant relief. Call the nearest office to schedule an appointment or book online today.

Headaches & Migraines Q & A

What are headaches and migraines?

Headaches and migraines cause pain in one or more areas of your head. They can negatively impact everyday tasks and your overall quality of life. Headaches and migraines range in severity from mild to severe and debilitating. Examples include stress headaches, tension-type headaches, and cluster headaches that occur in cluster periods.

What are the symptoms of headaches and migraines?

Common signs and symptoms of headaches and migraines include:

  • Dull head pain
  • Severe, pulsing, or throbbing pain
  • Pain on one side of your head
  • All-over head pain
  • Visual disturbances
  • Light or sound sensitivity
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Facial discomfort
  • Daily head pain

Visit Complete Neurological Care if your headaches are frequent, severe, or negatively affect your lifestyle. 

What are the risk factors for headaches and migraines?

Anyone can experience headaches and migraines, but some factors increase your risk of having them. Examples include:

  • Genetic factors
  • Stress
  • Hormone fluctuations
  • Dehydration
  • Alcohol
  • Too much caffeine
  • Bright lights or loud sounds
  • Too much or too little sleep
  • Intense physical exertion 
  • Some medications
  • Certain foods and additives
  • Weather changes

Complete Neurological Care finds and addresses the root cause of headaches and migraines. 

How does my doctor diagnose the cause of migraines?

To properly diagnose migraines, your neurologist discusses your medical history and symptoms. They complete a physical examination and neurological tests, such as electroencephalogram (EEG) and transcranial Doppler (TCD).

EEG uses small metal discs on your scalp to assess electrical impulses in brain cells. TCD is a noninvasive ultrasound test that uses sound waves to help your neurologist view blood circulating throughout your brain. 

CT scans and MRIs can also help your provider find the root cause of headaches and migraines.

What are the treatments for headaches and migraines?

Your personalized treatment for headaches and migraines depends on the type, severity, and cause of your condition. Your neurologist may recommend one or more of the following:

  • IV therapy
  • More fluids
  • Diet and exercise changes
  • Dietary supplements
  • Medications
  • Occipital nerve blocks
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Stress reduction
  • Sleep changes
  • Botox® injections 

With Botox injections, your doctor injects medication into targeted areas of your head and neck. You may need repeat injections spaced apart over time to achieve long-lasting relief.

Don’t live with debilitating headaches and migraines when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with Complete Neurological Care by phone or request one online today.