Migraines And Headaches Specialist

Ahmad Saeed Ata, MD -  - Neurologist

Neurocare of Texas

Ahmad Saeed Ata, MD

Neurologist located in Frisco, TX & Greenville, TX

Headaches and migraines can be inconvenient and debilitating. Missing out on work and your daily life can take a toll on your mental and physical health, which leads to more suffering. At NeuroCare of Texas, Dr. Ahmad Ata provides comprehensive testing and treatment for headaches and migraines. With extensive laboratory and imaging facilities in Frisco, Texas, your concerns are evaluated and treated with compassion and expertise. As a neurologist and neurophysiology specialist, Dr. Ata is trained to help you. Call or schedule today to set up your consultation.

Migraines and Headaches Q & A

What are headaches?

Headaches are the most common type of pain. There are 17 different types of headaches classified into three categories: primary, secondary, and other headache syndromes. Other medical conditions do not cause primary headaches.

Common types of primary headaches include:

  • Tension headaches
  • Migraine headaches
  • Cluster headaches
  • New daily persistent headache (NDPH)

Secondary headaches are caused by or related to another medical condition, including:

  • Trauma
  • Neurological disorders
  • Infection
  • Substance abuse or withdrawal

Other headache syndromes involve pain coming from the nerves or structures of the face. These include:

  • Trigeminal neuralgia and other cranial nerve inflammation
  • Structural problems with the bones of the face, teeth, eyes, ears, nose, sinuses, or other structures

What causes a headache?

Headaches have a variety of causes, including:

  • Inflammation or irritation of the structures surrounding the brain
  • Inflammation that affects brain function
  • Changes in circulation or blood flow
  • Dehydration or low blood sugar
  • Trauma
  • Infection
  • Changes in brain chemistry, like medication withdrawal

What differentiates migraines from other types of headaches?

Migraines cause one-sided pulsating head pain and sensitivity to light, sound, or smells. Some migraine sufferers will experience an aura or other signs that a migraine is coming on. Other symptoms include eye pain, nausea, and vomiting. Migraines can last from four to 72 hours.

The exact cause is unknown. Research suggests fluctuations in neurotransmitters – chemicals that signal brain activity – to be involved.

Common triggers include some birth control pills, red wine, aged cheeses, preservatives in smoked meats, MSG, artificial sweeteners, chocolate jeffers, dairy products, oversleeping, and stress.

How are headaches and migraines diagnosed?

Diagnosis involves a thorough evaluation of your symptoms, the location of your pain, and any known triggers. Further testing, like blood work or MRIs, may be required to rule out more serious conditions.

How are headaches and migraines treated?

Treatment involves appropriate therapeutic care and pharmaceutical management for your headaches. Dr. Ata also provides advanced and long-lasting options, like BOTOX® Cosmetic.

Botox is FDA-approved for treatment of chronic headaches. It works by blocking pain signals in the nerve fibers where you experience headaches. Dr. Ata has decades of experience treating head pain, so you can feel confident in his ability to diagnose and manage your symptoms.

Don’t struggle any longer with headaches or migraines. Dr. Ata at NeuroCare of Texas has the expertise and treatment options you need. Call or schedule your consultation now.