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Headaches & Migraines

Millions Suffer From A Severe Form Of Headache Called Migraines

Headaches of all sorts can affect anyone and are set off by many different things; causes of migraines are indefinite though, yet this pain is related to blood vessel tightening and contracting as well as other changes in the brain; sometimes abnormalities in the brain.

At our North Brunswick, NJ location we treat all forms of headaches. To learn more read below.

 

Types of Headaches

Many diagnostic headache categories have been established. Below is a list of the main and most common headache types:

 

Tension headaches

(chronic daily headaches/chronic non-progressive headaches, tension headaches): This kind of headache is the most common type, generally in teens and adults, Muscles contract, or tightening, causing a mild to moderate pain and seem be on and off, coming and going; this tends to happen over a extended, even substantial amount of time.

Migraines

Migraines very time to time and from person to person. The pain of a migraine is usually extremes; pain is described as a throbbing, pounding pain that is accompanied occasionally with nausea, and other symptoms including: strong sensitivity to:

  • A strong sensitivity to light, noise, and even smells.
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach issues or abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Dizziness

Migraines are a very common type of headache. They happen all the time and to many people. In most cases of a migraine, the pain is described as an unbearable and intense pounding. Some people also deal with nausea especially due to sensitivity to light and sound when dealing with a migraine. The sensitivity is an issue in its own, on top of the severe headache itself. There’s sensitivity to noise, light, and smells that cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach issues and even can cause fever.

Migraine headaches can happen to anybody, yet the most common victims are females and usually are found to run in families. The cause is mainly unknown but it seems that when changes happen in your life migraines can occur. For instance, stressful situations, new or different foods, weather; being in a new place or medicine all can each be a trigger. Though basically safe, the pain of a migraine is excruciating enough to hinder daily life.

Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches are worst pain-wise; luckily they are less common than most. The pain is extreme, different from a normal pain or ache from a headache. Symptoms include a continuous throbbing, or burning, or even shooting pains. This type of headache stems from behind the eye, on or both, and the pain stays in its original region. When cluster headache attacks they come in periods that can last for weeks or a couple of months. The headaches may go into remission for great lengths of time, yet still resurface and attack.

Sinus Headaches

Sinuses are air-filled cavities (spaces) located in multiple spots including your forehead, cheekbones, and directly behind the nose. If there is an inflammation of the sinus due to infection, allergies, or other bothersome issues; this creates a “stuffy” feeling and the headaches are in the sinus areas of the face. This pain is different and can increase and decrease depending on movement and body positioning. Things such as running nose, feel stuffy in the nose and ears and possible fever are also symptoms of a sinus headache/infection.

Some Possible Headache Triggers

  • Anxiety or stress – Most common cause or trigger
  • Intensified sensory glare – Beware of loud sounds, bright lights
  • Eating and sleeping patterns – What you are eating matters. Chemicals in foods can cause headaches, such as nitrates which are found in chemically processed foods. Bad or inconsistent sleeping patters also can trigger headaches. Getting your sleeping patterns healthy and putting good, natural food in your body in your body can help.
  • Prescription medications – Rx medications prescribed, for instance anxiety pills, blood pressure medication or birth controls all have side-effects including possible headaches. This is a known headache trigger in some people over others.
  • Caffeine – For some caffeine can cause headaches. If you have drank caffeine and a headache began or formed, stay away, For others, caffeine may not have this effect.
  • Hormones – the hormone estrogen, found higher in women, can cause headaches in itself. While men carry more testosterone, women are more commonly found having headaches.
 

Headache Treatments

Dr. Magaziner’s philosophy is to start with the more conservative treatments (less invasive) first. If necessary, The Center for Spine, Sports, Pain Management and Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine provides multiple forms of treatment to help patients recover from an acute or chronic condition.

There are many treatments which are effective in the treatment of Headaches. Some of these treatments include: Prolotherapy, Medication, Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, Epidural Injections, Stem Cell Grafts, Facet Injections, Radiofrequency Neurolysis, Nerve Blocks, Chiropractic, Trigger Point Injections and Physical Therapy.