As the saying goes, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” — so when you have migraines and headaches, there is a very good chance that your body is trying to tell you something. Here are some of the most common headaches, and how to tell when it’s time to see a medical professional for treatment.
The most common headache type is the tension headache. They are painful and annoying, but not usually incapacitating. Stress can make tension headaches worse and, thankfully, they can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol (acetaminophen). Rarely, a person may have chronic tension headaches.
Unlike tension headaches, a migraine is usually debilitating. In addition to severe headache pain, a person with a migraine headache may also experience sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting. A person with migraine headaches may take over-the-counter pain medications, but this does not usually stop a migraine. A person who gets migraines may get one every once in a while or suffer from frequent, chronic migraines.
Cluster headaches are more rare than migraines. They are extremely painful and usually will not respond to over-the-counter medication, but they do not have associated symptoms like nausea. They also typically occur on one side of the head. While migraines are more common in women, cluster headaches are more common in men.
When to See a Professional
If your headaches are interfering significantly with your life and causing you chronic pain, you should seek medical attention from a headache/migraine professional immediately. Migraine treatment, such as TruDenta headache therapy here at Pasadena Pain Management, may be able to help you manage your pain more effectively.
Seek medical attention for migraines and headaches if:
- You have tension headaches, migraine headaches, or cluster headaches and you have to take over-the-counter pain medication frequently or in high doses.
- You are often disabled by your pain and are having trouble performing daily activities.
- Your headaches are getting progressively worse over time. It is important to develop a pain management plan with a professional because over-the-counter pain medication may have side effects, including gastrointestinal bleeding or liver damage, if it is taken in high doses or too frequently.
- Your headache is associated with muscle weakness or numbness in a limb, personality changes, speech changes or vision changes. This could be a sign of a stroke or a brain tumor and should be checked out by a medical professional.
- Your headache is extremely severe, acute and causes other neurological problems. The culprit may be a bleed into the brain caused by a burst blood vessel called a ruptured aneurysm.
- If you have a headache after hitting your head or being in a car accident.
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