It can start as a dull ache — barely noticeable — but by the end of the day you’re clutching your forehead in pain. “Most of the time, headaches are a nuisance and nothing to worry about,” says Rajesh Bindal, M.D., neurosurgeon and medical director of the neuroscience program at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “However, if headaches disrupt your life on a regular basis, they should be discussed with a physician.”
Headaches can come and go with no warning and no clear cause. Other times, they can be a symptom of another disease or condition. Knowing the symptoms of different types of headaches can help you get the appropriate treatment.
• Tension headache. Your headache might be due to tension if the pain is dull and achy. Tension headaches are also usually accompanied by a sore neck and can often be treated with over-the-counter pain medications.
• Migraine. A migraine is characterized by throbbing, severe pain that lasts from four to 72 hours. The pain can also be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. If you feel the symptoms of a migraine coming on, rest in a quiet, dark room. A hot or cold compress on the forehead can help, as can trying to sleep. If home remedies don’t work, talk to your physician about other non-drug therapies or prescription medications.
• Chronic headache. If you experience headaches more than 14 days of a month, you might have chronic headaches. They can feel moderate to severe, and they may be a sign of an underlying condition.
• Rebound headache. Unfortunately, sometimes what helps headaches can make them worse. If you take pain medication for headaches often, and the headache returns, you might be experiencing a rebound headache. The only way to stop the cycle of rebound headaches is to discontinue the use of that particular medication.
• Cluster headache. A cluster headache is a rare condition that affects less than 1% of adults. It is characterized by a sharp, severe pain that is often only on one side of the head. It is very painful, but lasts a short time — about 45 to 90 minutes.
Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is pleased to announce the opening of our new Headache Center. All physicians affiliated with the Headache Center are board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Through years of specialty education and training, our headache experts have the experience required to accurately diagnose and treat headaches and are committed to developing a personalized treatment plan for each patient.
The Headache Center offers expedited appointments for physician evaluation. Patients may self-refer or be referred by their physician. Headaches don’t have to ruin your day or quality of life.
Call or email the Headache Center at 281-276-8999 or email@example.com to schedule your appointment with a specialized physician who will help identify treatment options for you.