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Midwest Spine and Pain

Pain Management & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in New Albany, OH serving Columbus and Central, OH

Headaches are a problem everyone suffers from now and again, but if you get regular headaches or severe pain from migraines and cluster headaches, it can seriously disrupt your life. Jimmy Henry, MD, FAAPMR, of Midwest Spine and Pain in New Albany, Ohio, is a double board-certified physician who specializes in interventional pain medicine and treating the causes of headaches. To find out more, call Midwest Spine and Pain today.

Headaches Q&A

What causes headaches?

Headaches develop because of nerve activity in your head. The nerves in your head are sending messages to your brain that there’s something wrong, just as they would if you stubbed your toe.

However, while hitting your head is a clear reason to get a headache, in many cases, there’s no injury or tissue damage. The reason why nerves cause headaches in the absence of trauma isn’t clear.

Headaches are a common symptom of a variety of health problems, including:

  • Fevers
  • Infections
  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Hangovers
  • Dehydration

Many people also find that they get a headache when exposed to certain triggers, such as:

  • Allergens
  • Pollutants
  • Chemicals
  • Noise
  • Bright light
  • Changes in the weather 

If other members of your family are prone to headaches, you’re more likely to suffer from them, too.

Are there different types of headaches?

Surprisingly, there are more than 150 types of headaches. The most common are stress headaches, which develop because of a buildup of tension in the muscles in your head and neck. Dehydration headaches are also common because many people don’t drink enough water.

Other forms of headaches include:

  • Cluster 
  • Chronic daily 
  • Hemicrania continua
  • Sinus 
  • Post-traumatic 
  • Hormone 
  • Rebound 
  • Ice pick 
  • Spinal 
  • Thunderclap 
  • Occipital neuralgia
  • Cervicogenic headache 

Migraines are a well-known source of severe and disabling headaches. People who experience migraines often find they’re unable to function because of the severity of the pain, which usually occurs alongside other symptoms such as:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision
  • Lightheadedness

Many people who get migraines also experience what is known as auras, which consist of flashing lights or other visual disturbances.

How are headaches treated?

The best treatment for a stress headache is to learn how to relax and manage your stress. Making lifestyle changes like getting more exercise, eating a healthy diet, and drinking plenty of water can also make a considerable difference in reducing everyday headaches. Over-the-counter pain medications can be effective for many types of headache.

If you’re experiencing regular or severe headaches, you should visit Midwest Spine and Pain to receive an expert diagnosis from Dr. Henry. He can prescribe the right medications and other therapies to help treat your headaches, such as:

  • Muscle relaxants
  • Relaxation and biofeedback 
  • Decongestants
  • Blood pressure medication 
  • Tricyclic antidepressants 
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Medical Botox® injections
  • Electrical and magnetic pulse technologies
  • Triptans 
  • Ergotamine and caffeine 
  • Anti-nausea medicine
  • Glucocorticoids 
  • Beta blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Lisinopril (angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor) 
  • Steroid trigger point injections

If you need help because of disabling headaches or migraines, call Midwest Spine and Pain today, or head over to Learn More!