Every part of your life might be affected if you suffer from headaches and migraines. Perhaps your migraine episodes continue for days, preventing you from working or spending time with your family. Alternatively, sensitivity to light, sound, and noise may require avoiding social events entirely.
From Tension Headaches to Migraines
There are more than 150 types of headaches, and the most common are tension headaches and migraines.
Tension headaches are the most frequent type of headache, affecting almost three out of every four individuals. They are usually mild to moderate in intensity and only occur seldom. However, a few people suffer from severe tension headaches, and some suffer from them three or four times every week.
Migraines are a neurological condition that causes recurring pounding or throbbing head pain, nausea, vomiting, as well as sensitivity to light, sound, and strong smell. Head pain is often one-sided; however, it can sometimes be bilateral. The headache phase of a migraine is moderate to severe in intensity, and physical activity generally aggravates the discomfort.
What Causes Headaches and Migraines?
Signals from the brain, blood vessels, and surrounding nerves combine to cause headache pain. An unknown mechanism activates certain neurons that impact muscles and blood vessels during a headache. The brain receives pain signals from these nerves.
Migraines are still a mystery. Migraines are thought to be the consequence of unstable nerve cells overreacting to a variety of factors. Nerve cells transmit impulses to blood arteries, causing chemical changes in the brain. As a result, you’ll be in intense pain.
Frequent Headaches aren’t Normal
If you have frequent headaches, don’t try to treat them on your own. Talk to your doctor or seek out a specialist if you get frequent headaches or if they are severe. It’s critical to accurately identify headaches so that appropriate treatment can be undertaken to help you feel better.
Get Rid of Headaches
It’s crucial to know that you’re not alone if you suffer from headaches and that they can be treated. Headaches and migraines are some of the most common conditions for which men and women seek treatment from Dr. Elbaridi at Loop Medical Center. In our pain clinic, we offer you a number of options that have proven to be very effective in treating headaches. Although headaches cannot always be avoided, your doctor can assist you in managing the symptoms.
These platelets, coupled with plasma, a fluid component of blood, are then injected back into the individual at the injury site. The injection contains many proteins that may help to reduce inflammation, discomfort, and promote tissue recovery. Many soft-tissue injuries such as those in ligaments, tendons, knee menisci, cartilage, and muscle have been treated using PRP. PRP is typically safe, as is all autologous regenerative medicine because it is generated from the patient’s own blood.
We Offer Effective Treatments
Loop Medical Center offers several very effective treatments for headaches, and after the examination, we will determine the best treatment for you.
Botox is approved by the FDA for chronic migraines, which are defined as headaches that occur 15 or more days per month. According to doctors the more frequent the migraines, the better the patient does with Botox. Botox is not advised for those who have less than 15 headache days per month.
Occipital nerve block is a solution when a doctor injects into the area surrounding the occipital nerve. An occipital nerve block is used to reduce pain and allow the patient to resume regular activities. This treatment is most successful in individuals with migraines, cluster headaches, spondylosis of the cervical facet joints, and occipital neuralgia.
Trigeminal neuralgia, a kind of neuropathic facial pain, is treated by a gasserian ganglion block. The sensation is described as an intermittent, acute, electric pain that lasts seconds to minutes and is caused by seemingly insignificant events such as talking, eating, shaving, cleaning one’s teeth, or washing one’s face.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders are conditions that affect the jaw joints, as well as the muscles and ligaments that surround them. Trauma, an incorrect bite, arthritis, or wear and tear can all contribute to it. Jaw tenderness, headaches, earaches, and facial pain are all common symptoms. If TMJ is proven to be the source of pain, a simple nerve block into the joint under ultrasound supervision can assist confirm the diagnosis. A range of therapies, such as nerve injections, radiofrequency ablation, or stem cell/PRP injections, can be used at that point.
In our pain clinic, migraines and headaches are treated using a patient-centered approach that focuses on you. We will help you manage your pain and improve your quality of life.
If you’re experiencing headaches, or you want to learn more about our pain clinic, schedule an appointment by using the online form or calling our office.