Migraine Specialist

Shyamsundar Rajan, MD

Internal Medicine & Geriatric Medicine located in Silver Spring, MD

If you’re bed-bound inside a dark, quiet room because of migraines more than you’d like, it’s time to see a doctor. Shyamsundar Rajan, MD can help you identify your triggers, take preventive measures against migraines, and treat them once you feel them approaching. If you’re looking for a geriatric provider to treat your migraines in the Silver Spring, Maryland area, contact Dr. Rajan online or over the phone.

Migraine Q & A

What is a migraine?

A migraine is an attack of severe throbbing head pain. Although the cause of migraines is still unclear, researchers think they’re associated with brain cell activity and blood vessel changes inside the head. Migraines become a chronic condition for many sufferers, often triggered by:

  • Weather changes
  • Dietary ingredients
  • Stress
  • Hormone changes
  • Inadequate sleep

How does a migraine differ from a headache?

While they share some common characteristics, headaches and migraines are two separate conditions. Both conditions cause head pain, but their differences lie in their accompanying symptoms.

Headaches usually cause head pain as a standalone symptom, whereas migraines cause many people to experience any combination of the following:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and smell
  • Aura
  • Visual disturbances

Migraines also tend to produce excruciating pain on one side of the head, leaving you unable to function and last from four hours to a few days.

When should I see a doctor about my migraines?

Whenever you experience migraines, you should consult with your doctor. They can help you rule out more alarming causes of pain and give you the tools to prevent, treat, and cope with your pain.

If any of the following situations apply to you, you should consider making an appointment with Dr. Rajan:

  • Your migraines cause you to miss work, family activities, or appointments
  • You experience migraines several times per month or more
  • Your pain and symptoms are severe
  • You experience distressing emotional side effects

How do you treat migraines?

One of the ways Dr. Rajan helps you address your migraines is to identify your triggers. By figuring out what factors influence the frequency and severity of your migraines, you can proactively avoid your triggers.

BOTOX® injections provide relief for many chronic migraine sufferers. BOTOX® desensitizes some of your brain’s pain transmitters to help prevent migraines.

Medications, such as over-the-counter pain relievers and triptans, help many people control pain once they notice a migraine coming on. Not every medication works for everyone, though, so you should work closely with Dr. Rajan to customize your treatment.

Dr. Rajan may also suggest daily antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and beta blockers in some instances to help prevent migraines.

If you experience migraines, contact Dr. Rajan online or over the phone to learn about all the ways he can help you.