Do you often find yourself having trouble deciphering if the pain you’re feeling is just a bad headache or a migraine? Don’t worry — you aren’t alone. Headaches and migraines can be difficult to distinguish, even for practiced healthcare providers. Being a family medicine physician and migraine sufferer myself, I’ve seen the full spectrum of … Continue reading My head hurts! Is it a migraine or just a normal headache?
Over the past few months, healthcare providers across the globe were forced to adapt quickly in order to continue caring for our patients in a safe and secure environment amid COVID-19. At the Baylor Scott & White Sports Concussion Program, we quickly turned to modern technology to transform the delivery of concussion care. Months later, we … Continue reading How to get virtual concussion treatment at home
With up to 3.8 million sports-related concussions occurring each year, it is possible that you or someone in your family will at some point sustain a concussion. While concussions are serious injuries, with the right information and action plan, you can not only recover but in most cases, return to sports safely and quickly. Research … Continue reading Concussion signs and symptoms
With so much attention on the COVID-19 virus, it’s important to remember that other medical emergencies, like strokes, can still occur during the pandemic. In the event of a stroke, time is of the essence. Common stroke symptoms While staying alert to coronavirus symptoms and following the recommended safety protocols, you should still watch out for … Continue reading Why you should still go to the ED for stroke symptoms during COVID-19
As doctors and researchers, our understanding of concussions continues to evolve. We know much more now than we did even five years go. We now understand that every concussion is different, and that different people will experience concussions in different ways. If you’ve experienced a concussion, here’s what to expect on the road ahead. Bouncing … Continue reading The evolution of concussion treatment
Here’s the scenario: You have a nasty headache, so you pop your over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication of choice. Your headache improves and you’re happy that you don’t feel as bad as you did before you took it. But then, you get a headache the next day, so you take it again. And so on and … Continue reading Medication overuse headaches: How to break the cycle
Migraine food triggers are common. While some are obvious, many other food triggers can be quite difficult to determine. For one, when you eat a food, it may not trigger a headache right away — in fact, it can take days before you actually have a headache. Before I go into details on food triggers, … Continue reading Top migraine food triggers and how to deal with them
Do you fear aging? With the prevalence of dementia increasing, many people fear getting old. Thanks to medical advancements, our bodies are living longer, but what about our minds? By 2060, it’s estimated that 14 million people in the U.S. will have Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. But before you resign yourself … Continue reading Afraid of dementia? These lifestyle changes can lower your risk
You’re likely well aware of the dangers of high cholesterol. Over time, elevated cholesterol — specifically LDL cholesterol, the kind many people refer to as “bad” cholesterol — causes your arteries to harden and narrow. Having high cholesterol can significantly increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. For most adults, less than 200 mg/dl … Continue reading Could low cholesterol actually raise your stroke risk?
Have you ever walked out of a dark movie theater in the middle of the day? Like most people, you probably squint and find the light uncomfortable for a brief period. This is an instance of photophobia (light sensitivity). Photophobia is described as a condition where light, natural or artificial, causes an abnormal sense of … Continue reading Photophobia: How to cope with light sensitivity