Almost everyone has an occasional headache. However, if you have chronic headaches or migraines, or if your pain is so severe that it disrupts your life, help is available. The team at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers in The Woodlands, Sugar Land, and Houston, Texas, diagnoses the cause of your headaches and addresses it with personalized treatment plans. Call Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers or schedule a consultation online today for personalized treatments for headaches.
18% of women and 6% of men in the USA suffer from migraines
Pulsing or throbbing pain
Sensitivity to light and noise
Nausea or vomiting
Often on one side of the head
Lasts four hours to three days
“Vise-like” pressure or ache around the head; no throbbing
Tightness in the neck
Occurs in forehead, temples or back of the head and neck
Lasts 30 minutes to seven days
Can go on for weeks or months, then stop for months or years
Rare, caused by brain tumor, aneurysm, hematoma, infection, hemorrhage or meningitis
Symptoms come on suddenly, including pain, lack of balance and behavioral changes
Affects less than 1% of population mostly men
Known as suicide headache
Piercing pain on one side
Usually accompanied by eye pain or watering, runny nose
Lasts 30 to 45 minutes and recurs in clusters.
Pressure around the nose and cheeks and under the eyes
Usually accompanied by a fever and infection or allergies
Stems from overmedicating initial headache(s)
A headache is a pain in your head that can have a variety of causes. A migraine is a group of neurological symptoms that include headaches, as well as nausea, sensitivity to light, sound, and odor, visual disturbances, and mood changes. Like headaches, migraines have a variety of potential triggers.
Primary headaches are independent health conditions that are usually caused by overactivity in the pain-sensitive parts of your brain, including your blood vessels, muscles, and nerves. Hormonal fluctuations and other chemical activity in your brain can trigger primary headaches.
Secondary headaches are usually caused by other factors or illnesses, such as:
The causes of migraines aren’t fully understood. However, medical research indicates that migraines have several potential triggers like hormonal fluctuations, stress, muscle tension, poor posture, and food products, including caffeine, chocolate, cheese, or alcohol. Some migraines are triggered by strong smells, flickering or bright lights, or temperature changes.
The team at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers offers customized treatment plans to address the root cause of your headaches and migraines. For example, you might find that chiropractic care, massage therapy, or physical therapy to reduce tension in your back, neck, and jaw significantly reduces or eliminates your headaches.
Following a thorough assessment, your provider might recommend that you follow an elimination diet for a few weeks and then gradually add food back in to identify any headache or migraine triggers. They might also recommend lifestyle adjustments or nutritional supplements to enhance your overall health and lower your risk of headaches.
In general, making healthy lifestyle choices can reduce your risk of headaches. You should make sure to drink at least eight cups of water every day. Additionally, avoid tobacco products and limit your consumption of alcohol. Wine, in particular, has ingredients that are known to trigger headaches, and it contributes to dehydration.
Make sure to wear UV-blocking sunglasses when you go outside to protect your eyes. Also, make sure to get enough sleep and don’t skip meals.
If you’re troubled by chronic headaches or migraines, call Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers or make an appointment online.
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