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Treatments for headache

treatments for headache

We all face pulsating, distracting, annoying headaches sometimes. In addition, it usually appears at highly inappropriate moments. Mostly, headaches can go away independently and do not pose a major threat. However, there are situations when the headache is severe and repeats itself frequently, it is troublesome for the patient and interferes with his daily functioning. Regardless of whether the pain is dull, throbbing, or bursting, it is always related to the circulatory system. Headache is a condition that affects a very large part of the population, it can have different nature and be a consequence of many diseases. Headache is a fairly common condition that can arise from changes in atmospheric pressure, stress, or hormonal fluctuations. Sometimes, however, it accompanies more serious diseases or requires specialist pharmacological treatment.

While headaches are not only a women’s disease, men are in the minority here. Regardless of the type, a headache can be very troublesome, especially if it lasts too long. Then it significantly hinders everyday functioning. Severe and frequent headaches should be diagnosed by a specialist.

Why do we have a headache?

The most common causes of headaches include:

  • fatigue;
  • mental exhaustion;
  • problems with cerebral circulation;
  • vascular changes;
  • disturbed metabolism;
  • diseases of other organs of the body, within or in the vicinity of the skull (e.g. otitis media, inflammation of the paranasal sinuses).

Headaches are usually divided into spontaneous and secondary pain. Spontaneous pains occur more often. We also call them primary pains, like cluster pains, migraines, and tension headaches, in which the essence is the pain itself. Many patients associate a headache with a typical migraine, but it is not the main cause of spontaneous pain. The tension headache, the cause of which has not been clearly defined so far (it probably consists of many factors: genetics, lifestyle, or the environment where we live, smoking, alcohol abuse) is the most common pain. 

Headache also occurs during pregnancy and is the result of changes in the hormonal balance. It can accompany a disease entity, like sinusitis or ear infections, influenza, arterial hypertension, meningitis, degeneration of the spine, brain tumor, or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Symptomatic headaches (where the pain is non-specific) may be a characteristic of other disease entities, the pain may have a different form, location, or duration. Treatment of headaches is about fighting and preventing attacks.

There are different ways to treat a headache, depending on the cause of the pain and its severity. 

By localization, headache can be divided into:

Treatments for headache

  • pain in the back of the head – often a consequence of arterial hypertension and overload of the cervical spine;
  • frontal headache – most common in migraines and tension headaches. It may also indicate paranasal sinusitis;
  • pain on the left or right side – unilateral headache in most cases is associated with migraine or cluster seizures;
  • temporal pain has many causes, including viral or bacterial infections, blood vessel disease, brain tumors, migraines, and tension headaches.

How to deal with a headache?

There have been many treatments for headaches. They can be divided into two groups:

  1. Conventional (pharmacological)
  2. Alternative

What are the conventional headache treatments? 

The methods used to treat headache can be divided into two groups:

  • pain-relieving – over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium are used;
  • prophylactic treatment – various groups of drugs are used in the case of chronic tension headache, mainly antidepressants. The beneficial effects of drugs used in the treatment of epilepsy have been confirmed in some patients.

The patient should consult a doctor to select an effective and appropriate agent for each organism. Choosing the best treatment option will help you overcome tension headaches and minimize the risk of side effects.

The research results confirm that the therapy combined with behavioral techniques is the most effective in reducing the frequency of pain episodes and their duration. Stress management techniques are recommended for patients suffering from tension headaches.

What are the alternative headache treatments

Many patients find relief from tension headaches with unconventional treatments. These methods do not always reduce the severity of the pain itself, but they eliminate the discomfort and psychological tension that accompany tension pains. The effectiveness of such methods is individual, and in the fight against tension headaches, may help:

  • drinking in small sips of cool water – drink a liter per hour;
  • walk and take deep breaths;
  • soak feet in cold water;
  • put cold deposits on the forehead and temples;
  • acupressure;
  • do aromatherapy practicing;
  • use herbal infusions;
  • do warm bath relaxing;
  • neck and shoulder massage;
  • practice feedback methods based on training the brain to obtain biological feedback;
  • spend some time having a rest in a darkened room.

If you suffer from bothersome headaches, you shouldn’t take them lightly. A visit to a neurologist, correct diagnosis, and selection of the right treatment method will help you overcome headaches and improve your quality of life.

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Edward Medina
Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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