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Headache Treatment at Doctors Care Pain and Wellness

Several alternative forms of treatment for headaches are available, but it is important to consult a Physician at Doctors Care before making any major changes or beginning any traditional or alternative forms of treatment.

At Doctors Care we look at our patients complete clinical picture, a headache may result from a deficiency in Structure (Muscle, Nerve, Spinal Misalignment), Hormonal, Nutrional, especially magnesium and certain B vitamins or other underlying pathology.

Treatments may include:

Medication, Vitamin Therapy, chiropractic care, Acupuncture, Hormone replacement therapy and Interventional Pain Management (Trigger Point Injection or Nerve Blocks). You may require additional testing, such as a sleep study, allergy testing, blood work, urinalysis, CT or MRI. Our goal is to improve your quality of live, spend time with friends and family pain free. Call today and take the first step and schedule your complete consultation 855-425-1900.

 Primary headaches

Primary headaches are stand-alone illnesses caused directly by the overactivity of, or problems with, structures in the head that are pain-sensitive.

This includes the blood vessels, muscles, and nerves of the head and neck. They may also result from changes in chemical activity in the brain. Common primary headaches include migraines, cluster headaches, and tension headaches.

Secondary headaches

Secondary headaches are symptoms that happen when another condition stimulates the pain-sensitive nerves of the head. In other words, the headache symptoms can be attributed to another cause.

Types

 Tension headaches
Tension headaches are the most common form of primary headache. Such headaches normally begin slowly and gradually in the middle of the day.

The person can feel:

· as if they have a tight band around the head
· a constant, dull ache on both sides
· pain spread to or from the neck

Tension-type headaches can be either episodic or chronic. Episodic attacks are usually a few hours in duration, but it can last for several days. Chronic headaches occur for 15 or more days a month for a period of at least 3 months.

 Migraines
A migraine headache may cause a pulsating, throbbing pain usually only on one side of the head. The aching may be accompanied by:

· blurred vision
· light-headedness
· nausea
· sensory disturbances known as auras

Migraine is the second most common form of primary headache and can have a significant impact on the life of an individual. According to the WHO, migraine is the sixth highest causeof days lost due to disability worldwide. A migraine can last from a few hours to between 2 and 3 days.

Rebound headaches
Rebound or medication-overuse headaches stem from an excessive use of medication to treat headache symptoms. They are the most common cause of secondary headaches. They usually begin early in the day and persist throughout the day. They may improve with pain medication, but worsen when its effects wear off.

Along with the headache itself, rebound headaches can cause:

· neck pain
· restlessness
· a feeling of nasal congestion
· reduced sleep quality

Rebound headaches can cause a range of symptoms, and the pain can be different each day.

Cluster headaches
Cluster headaches usually last between 15 minutes and 3 hours, and they occur suddenly once per day up to eight times per day for a period of weeks to months. In between clusters, there may be no headache symptoms, and this headache-free period can last months to years.

The pain caused by cluster headaches is:

· one-sided
· severe
· often described as sharp or burning
· typically located in or around one eye

The affected area may become red and swollen, the eyelid may droop, and the nasal passage on the affected side may become stuffy and runny.

Thunderclap headaches
These are sudden, severe headaches that are often described as the “worst headache of my life.” They reach maximum intensity in less than one minute and last longer than 5 minutes.

People who experience these sudden, severe headaches should seek medical evaluation immediately.

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