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If you’re plagued by occasional head pain, imagine the plight of 4 percent of the population who suffer from chronic daily headaches. “Lives can be completely changed by headaches,” says Avesh Verma, M.D., a neurologist on the Baylor Scott & White - Plano medical staff.
That’s why neurologists on the Baylor Scott & White - Plano medical staff offer comprehensive and individualized care. “Our work-up starts with a detailed history to help identify all of the different factors responsible for producing and sustaining headaches,” Dr. Verma says. Factors could be medical, psychological, social or physical, with triggers like foods or perfumes.
Physicians use patients’ medical history and certain diagnostic tests, such as an imaging study, blood test or spinal tap, to diagnose the specific kind of headache they suffer from and develop a treatment strategy just for them. The strategy might include changes in medication or lifestyle, stress management, biofeedback sessions and even physical therapy (especially for those with other chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia).
Headache sufferers may call 1.800.4BAYLOR or visit BaylorHealth.com/PlanoNeuro for a Physician referral.
For people who’ve suffered from chronic headaches for years, “we can work towards that long-awaited relief,” Dr. Verma says.
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