Quadruple board-certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Headache Medicine, and Epilepsy, Dr. Vajjala’s years of expertise can help you address pain rooted in neurological issues. Dr. Vajjala is one of just circa 750 board-certified headache specialists in the country and even a smaller number of board-certified headache specialists in the country that also completed formal fellowship training in headache and facial pain. Her particular passions include treating epilepsy and migraines in women, autoimmune epilepsy, posttraumatic headaches, and cluster headaches. Some of Dr. Vajjala’s many skills include trigger point injections, nerve block injections, and botulinum toxin injections for headaches, as well as some other indications such as spasticity, cervical dystonia, and blepharospasms.
Associating sleep quality with headaches and seizures is nothing new. Aristotle suggested over 2,000 years ago that seizures and dreams, both viewed as altered states of consciousness, allowed the soul to disassociate from the body and prophesize the future. While that particular theory has long been debunked, it is clear that humans have long been aware of the relationship between seizures, pain, and sleep. Today, we know that sleep impacts the entire body and the quality of sleep is evident in all of our tissues. This means that sleep impairments can have vast and serious effects on neurological, immune, cardiovascular, and metabolic health. This means poor sleep can lead to higher risks of developing various neurological disorders, including epilepsy, stroke, neuromuscular disease, neurodegeneration, and movement disorders. When you improve your sleep, you improve headaches and facial pain while also decreasing risks and occurrences of seizures. It all starts with connecting with sleep professionals who are the leading expert in their field.