Not all headaches are created equal! Migraine sufferers know that a migraine headache isn’t like any other kind. However, in order to effectively treat your headache pain, we recommend you record the frequency, duration, intensity, pain quality, and location of your headaches. Record all symptoms associated with the headache, including neck pain; vomiting/nausea; sensitivity to noise; light or smells; runny nose (teary eyes) or swollen eyelids; lack of sensation/numbness; visual field impairment or disturbances; facial drooping; fatigue (e.g. need to yawn); pressure; or agitation. Notes collected over at least one month’s time will help to present your headache history. Once diagnosed, you can obtain pain management and headache relief plan from one of our physicians.
Tension type headaches
Researchers say that tension headaches may originate from a wide variety of causes, including emotional and physical tension (e.g. poor posture, hunger, neck injury or simple fatigue). Some characteristics of these headaches include â€˜band-like’ head-tightening or squeezing. Tight neck muscles can signal the onset of a tension headache. Scalp, shoulders or neck muscles may feel stiff or tender to the touch. Sufferers report mild to moderate pain levels (on a 1 to 10 pain scale, TTHs are usually no higher than 5 to 6). Over-the-counter medicines, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, usually help to manage tension headache pain. Most people continue to perform necessary life and work tasks while suffering with this kind of headache. Continued self-medication with OTC medicines isn’t recommended. Mayo clinic recommends that sufferers see a doctor or pain management specialist if using any medicines to treat headache symptoms more than twice per week.
Most migraine sufferers remember the onset of migraine headaches: their â€˜first migraine’ is a bad memory! According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, fewer people (about 33 million Americans) suffer migraines than other types of headaches. The International Headache Society says that headache severity and duration of headaches–at least 4 hours, up to 72 hours without treatment–may indicate migraine headaches. Other symptoms of migraine headache include sensitivity (light, smells, sounds), extreme fatigue, anxiety or cravings for some foods. â€˜Aura’ (vision disturbances and/or nausea) occurs in about 20 percent of migraines, lasting up to 60 minutes. Migraines usually occur on one side of the head (uni-lateral), and present with moderate to intense pain (on a 1 to 10 scale, sufferers report 5 to 10 pain levels).
Pain management and headaches
Most people with headaches must learn to manage them. However, don’t self diagnose your pain. Contact one of our pain management specialists if you suffer from frequent and severe headaches.
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