About Headache & Migraine Pain
There are hundreds of different types of headache pain, and the causes vary greatly. The most common headache is known as a tension headache, which is often caused by muscle tension. Migraines are another common form of headache. Rarer forms include: trigeminal neuralgia, cluster headaches, and hemicrania continua.
Different types of headaches manifest differently and have different characteristics. Some causes of headache pain can be completely harmless, as is the case for most tension headaches. Other causes, however, can be potentially life threatening. Serious, life threatening causes of headaches are extremely rare.
Common headache triggers include, but are not limited to: stress or anxiety, skipped meals, alcohol use, eye strain, weariness or lack of sleep, exposure to smoke, and caffeine withdraw. Migraines can be caused by certain foods, such as those containing MSG, as well as chocolate and dairy.
Headache symptoms will vary by the degree and type of headache. For instance, tension headaches produce a dull achy pressure on the temples, forehead, and scalp. Tension headaches may also produce difficulty in sleeping and concentrating.
Symptoms of migraines, however, are very different. Common symptoms include: dull to severe throbbing suffered near the back of the head or around the eye, sensitivity to light and sound, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, difficulty concentrating, as well as a numb or tingling sensation. Migraine symptoms are much more severe and persistent than a tension headache. Migraine headaches can last anywhere between a few hours to a few days.
Migraine & Headache Pain Treatment
In order to alleviate a headache, the source must be explored and remedied. There are many types of treatments available for headache and migraine pain. Our pain specialists, will seek out the source of the discomfort & treat it accordingly. If you are suffering from migraine or headache pain and live in Austin, Waco, Round Rock or Cedar Park request an appointment with us today. We look forward to relieving your pain!