It is estimated that between forty and fifty million Americans suffer from chronic or repeated headaches. It is possible that headaches are the most common reason for missing work or school in America. For those that suffer with chronic or repeated headaches, the pain can often be unbearable. Help is now available at the North Cypress Headache Clinic.
Types of Headaches
Tension headaches are usually episodic, occur randomly and are often a result of stress, anxiety, fatigue or anger. Symptoms can include soreness in the temples, a tightening around the head, and contracting head and neck muscles. Most tension headaches are relieved with an over-the-counter medication. If you find that you are experiencing these regularly, you may want to visit your physician, as they may be chronic tension-type headaches or you may be experiencing rebound headaches.
According to the National Headache Foundation, migraines can affect up to 29.5 million people in the United States. Four out of five patients report a family history of migraines, however scientists are not certain if this is genetic or a family predisposition. Women tend to experience them three times more often than men. Migraines often begin as a dull ache and then develop into a constant, throbbing and pulsating pain felt at the temples, as well as the front or back of one side of the head. The pain can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and noise. Some migraines may also include visual disturbances, or an aura.
Cluster headaches are headaches that occur in groups. The pain can arrive with little warning and may be incredibly intense. This pain can last anywhere from thirty minutes to a few hours, and then it disappears only to recur later in the day. Many sufferers experience one to four headaches a day during this period. Clusters can last weeks or months and then disappear for long periods of time. Many times cluster headaches are incorrectly associated with allergies.
Other types of headaches
Other headaches can include rebound headaches and hormonal headaches. Rebound headaches can result when over-the-counter pain medications or pain-relieving drugs containing caffeine are not taken properly. The overuse or misuse of these drugs can cause you to “rebound” into another headache. It is common for a number of women to experience hormonal headaches. They can affect women of all ages, but it is more likely to occur in women who are at the state of starting menopause or during their menstrual cycles. They are thought to be cause by hormonal changes that affect the body, most likely due to the drop of estrogen levels. Symptoms can be likened to those of a migraine. Hormonal headaches are a result of hormones in the body.
Treatment of Headaches
North Cypress Headache Clinic offers a variety of treatment options including the following:
- Pharmacological treatments
- Detoxification from harmful medications that can cause rebound headaches
- Biofeedback and other relaxation techniques
- Physical Medicine
- Onsite Infusion Clinic
- Chemo denervation using BOTOX
- Occipital nerve blocks
- Psychological and behavioral therapy
- Surgical treatment
- Nutritional counseling
- Trigger point injections
- Onsite Opthalmologist
We are located in North Cypress Professional Building 2 at the corner of Huffmeister and Hwy 290 in Suite 515. We are committed to assisting you with the prevention and treatment of chronic headaches. To schedule an evaluation at the North Cypress Headache Clinic, call (281) 807-4142.