Headaches and Migraines in Central Ohio
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What Are Headaches and Migraines?
Chronic headaches and migraines can be debilitating and prevent you from enjoying life. These conditions can be brought on by a number of factors, including stress, teeth grinding, allergies, and other medical conditions.
Headaches are generally classified as primary or secondary, depending on the cause or trigger. Primary headaches are typically not associated with a medical condition and are classified as migraine, tension, or cluster headaches. Secondary headaches are usually caused by an injury or an underlying illness, and include sinus headaches, medication overuse headaches, spinal headaches, and more.
Common symptoms of headaches include pain at the temples, dizziness, pressure around the eyes, and sensitivity to light. This type of pain can be life-changing, which is why it's important to get the relief you need from an experienced medical professional. At all Pain Zero locations in Central Ohio, our teams specialize in treating conditions that affect headaches and migraines.
Symptoms and Causes of Headaches and Migraines
Headaches and migraines can have a variety of causes and present very different symptoms. However, in general, the causes and symptoms of headaches and migraines are often similar.
Causes of headaches and migraines
The pain of headaches and migraines is caused by a rush of signals between blood vessels and nerves in the brain, although the exact mechanism is yet to be identified. There are two general types of head pain, primary and secondary. Primary headaches are typically caused by stress, poor diet, a sedentary lifestyle (lack of exercise), eye strain, illness, and genetic predisposition. Metabolic triggers include environmental factors like smoke, allergens, pollution, chemicals, and more. A secondary headache is usually caused by a medical condition such as an injury, eye issues, jaw strain, a sinus infection, or teeth grinding (bruxism).
Although physicians still don't know exactly what triggers migraines, their causes may include many of the causes of headaches, in addition to smells, light, dehydration, caffeine and alcohol, hormonal imbalances, and poor sleep.
Symptoms of headaches and migraines
Headache symptoms encompass a variety of issues and can be unique to each person. Typically, people experiencing a headache will have dull or sharp pain in the head that may be mild to moderate, but not severe. They may also have neck pain or pain in the back of the head or temples. It may also include a sense of pressure or throbbing in the head or behind the eyes.
Symptoms of a migraine typically include severe pounding pain that lasts four to 72 hours in addition to:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to light
- Mental fog or difficulty concentrating
- Neck pain
- Visual disturbances (spots, lines, sparks)
- Neck pain
- Numbness or tingling
Treatment for Headaches and Migraines
Physical headaches or migraines are rooted in stress, poor nutritional habits, and lack of exercise. Metabolic head pain is brought on by external irritants, such as gas fumes and other environmental factors. Headaches and migraines generally go away on their own with at-home care, such as over-the-counter pain medication, cold compresses, and rest. However, if you are experiencing chronic and/or severe migraines that prevent you from performing daily activities, then medical treatment may be necessary.
There are a number of treatment options available, such as prescription medication and injections. Countless patients have experienced great success with BOTOX® as it temporarily freezes the underlying muscles to bring relief. When you visit one of our offices in Central Ohio, our staff may also recommend certain lifestyle or behavior adjustments, which may help improve your condition or the frequency of your headaches.
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Don't let headaches and migraines keep you from living a full, comfortable life doing the things you love. Our team at Pain Zero understands the impact headaches and migraines can have on your life. That's why we offer a number of effective treatment options that can be customized to your personal needs and address the root causes of your headaches and/or migraines. Contact our team at our offices in New Albany, OH or Westerville, OH today to learn more and schedule your private consultation. Let us help you stop headache and migraine pain to achieve the relief you need.