IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES
The causes for migraines and headaches are not well known. Research suggests that the headache pain is due to inflammation, the trigeminal nerve, blood vessels surrounding the brain, and Serotonin levels. Through research experts have linked common triggers such as, Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMJ), Lifestyle factors: food, stress, poor posture, menstrual cycle, Pseudotumor cerebri, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Referred pain (i.e., neck pain), Inflammation of sinuses, Low pressure in spinal column and Hypertension.
Types of Headaches
Sinus: Pain is usually behind the forehead and/or cheekbones
Cluster: Pain is in and around one eye
Tension: Pain is like a hand squeezing the head. Usually in the forehead region.
Migraine: Pain, nausea, and visual changes are typical, and pain is usually restricted to one side of the head, but can affect both sides.
The Takeaway Message:
If you’re suffering from any type of headache pain that is not getting relieved by over-the-counter (OTC) medications, it would be the best idea to consult your doctor. They can listen to your signs and symptoms, can examine you, run some test and can formulate an effective personalized treatment plan for your headache.
What Are My Treatment Options?
- Massage Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Trigger Point Injections
- Occipital Nerve Block/ Radiofrequency Ablation
- Pericranial Bupivacaine Injections
- Prolotherapy of Trigeminal Nerve
Medications Used for Headaches
- High blood pressure medications
- Over-the-counter pain medications