Houston Pain Specialists
Hui Kang, MD
Pain Management located in Houston, TX
Headaches are a nuisance that ruins a day here and there for nearly everyone, but for some people, the problem is much worse. In fact, about 1 in 20 people has a headache every day or nearly every day. If headaches affect your ability to work or participate in your favorite activities, it may be time to seek help from the professionals at Houston Pain Specialists. To book your appointment for headache evaluation, call the clinic in Houston or use the online scheduling tool today.
Headaches Q & A
What causes headaches?
Headaches can be traced to many different causes. While many headaches stand alone as the result of physical problems or overactivity inside the structures in your head, others appear as the result of a stressor or another medical condition.
Some causes of headaches are:
- Panic attacks
- High blood pressure
- Teeth-grinding during sleep
- Overuse of pain medications
- Brain bleeding
While most headaches go away with minimal home care or simply waiting them out, persistent, recurring, or worsening headaches could indicate a deeper issue. If your headache comes with other symptoms like fever, confusion, or neck stiffness, you should seek medical help immediately.
What are some common types of headaches?
Different types of headaches exhibit varying symptoms and often call for different treatments. The three most common headache types are:
Tension headaches occur because of stress and muscle tension in your head. You usually feel a tension headache on both sides of your head or in the back, often increasing in their severity shortly after they appear.
Perhaps the most intense type of headache, migraines cause severe, throbbing pain on one side of your head. You might notice some other symptoms alongside your migraine including sensitivity to light and sound or nausea and vomiting.
Cluster headaches occur multiple times throughout a period of weeks or months before going away entirely for up to several years. The pain from cluster headaches is sharp and severe, and it’s usually confined to one side of your head behind your eyes.
What are my treatment options for headaches?
If your headaches are frequent and severe, treatment beyond home remedies may be necessary. At Houston Pain Specialists, the team works with you to evaluate your headaches and create an appropriate treatment plan.
They may recommend:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Prescription medications
- Caffeine dosages
- Bed rest
- Hot or cold compresses
- Botulinum toxin injections (for migraines)
Your provider also works with you to help identify and avoid triggers that cause your headaches.
If you feel that your headaches are abnormal or you just want to prevent your next one, call Houston Pain Specialists or book your appointment online today.