Tension headaches occasionally affect everyone, but about 17% of Americans regularly suffer severe headaches and migraines that affect their daily lives. The team at Comprehensive Pain Management Center in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, and Santa Clarita, California, takes a holistic approach, treating the underlying problem rather than just the symptoms. They develop a customized treatment plan that addresses all the possible causes of your headache, including restoring dysfunctional brain pathways that contribute to the problem. To learn more about headache treatment options, book an appointment online or call the office today.
There are more than 150 types of headaches, but they all belong in one of two categories: primary and secondary.
A primary headache is caused by a problem in your head or neck. Two of the most common primary headaches are migraines and tension headaches.
Secondary headaches develop due to an underlying health problem such as a traumatic brain injury, infection, jaw disorder, or sinus congestion.
All headaches cause pain, but the severity, duration, type, and location of the pain differ for each type.
These are a few examples of the symptoms brought on by different types of headaches:
Tension headaches cause mild-to-moderate, dull pain on both sides of your head. While tension headaches usually respond well to over-the-counter pain relievers, they can turn into chronic headaches.
Cluster headaches are one of the most severe headaches. They cause a sharp, piercing pain that’s usually around one eye or on one side of your head. The pain lasts from 15 minutes to several hours, and it appears in clusters, so you may have daily headaches for months before going into remission.
Migraines cause intense, throbbing pain that’s often around one temple but can affect both sides of your head. This type of headache lasts from 4-72 hours. During that time, you experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to lights, smells, and sounds.
Migraines are triggered by many possible internal and environmental factors such as stress, caffeine, skipping a meal, and changes in the weather.
Comprehensive Pain Management Center can help you overcome the pain by evaluating every aspect of your health that could contribute to your headaches, including your diet, exercise, and environmental factors. Then they create a treatment plan that deals with each factor causing your headaches.
There are two types of treatment paths for headaches: abortive and preventive.
Abortive therapy offers relief but may not always be effective or useful for everyone. Some examples include ergots, oxygen, triptans, and NSAIDs.
Preventive therapies decrease the occurrence and intensity of your headaches. Some examples include antiseizure medication, antidepressants, antihistamines, beta blockers, and Botox®.
Preventive therapies can be used with abortive medications.
To learn more about your options for headache treatment, call Comprehensive Pain Management Center or schedule an appointment online today.