Headaches can be caused by several medical conditions. The most common types are:
When bacterial or viral infections cause blockage in the sinuses and a buildup of mucus, they can cause sinus pain and headaches. Such headaches can cause pain felt on the face, around the nose, and the upper teeth area and forehead.
Stress and tension are some of the most common triggers for adult headaches. They usually cause a dull headache of mild to moderate intensity, often in the upper shoulders and wrapping around the back of the head.
Intense throbbing headaches, typically on one side of the head or behind an eye, are a common migraine pattern. Two of the most common migraine signs are sensitivity to bright light and visual changes during an episode (seeing zig-zag lines or splotches of color). Migraine headaches can be mild or intense and can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. While there is no permanent cure for migraines, the symptoms can be controlled.
Certain medications can trigger headaches, either as a direct side effect, or as part of a rebound withdrawal syndrome as a dosage is reduced. If you believe your medication is causing headaches, let your physician know immediately.
Normal headaches are annoying, but they usually subside on their own. However, headaches caused by migraines can last for days and can sometimes reach unbearable levels of pain and discomfort — and in some cases, headaches are a sign of a more serious underlying medical condition. We recommend visiting one of our urgent care clinics if the pain is severe or getting worse.
How Do You Know If It’s a
Common Headache, Migraine, or Something Else?
Common headache signs include:
Mild pain, usually in the back of the head and upper neck
Feeling band-like pressure around the head, like a too tight hat
Forehead/facial pain accompanied by nasal congestion and post nasal drip
Migraine headache symptoms can include:
Throbbing pain, typically on one side of the head
Sensitivity to light and sound during an attack
Other than the above symptoms, seek medical attention immediately if your headache is accompanied by any of the following:
Nausea or vomiting
Vision changes like blurred or double visions, flashes
Stiffness in the neck
Get professional help if your headache worsens or does not improve with the usual painkillers. Prompt medical care can diagnose and treat serious health problems that can also cause headaches, such as strokes, brain/spinal cord infections, and even brain tumors.
How We Diagnose and Treat
Headaches and Migraines
There are no laboratory tests that can diagnose migraines or other specific headache syndromes. A careful evaluation of your headache history is one of the most efficient ways of diagnosing migraines. However, if you experience frequent throbbing headaches, list the following to make diagnosis easier:
The date, time, and frequency of the headache
Severity and location of the pain
Your diet right before the onset of the attacks
Your current medications
Ever experience similarly in the past
Our professionals will evaluate you thoroughly to find out the cause and direct effective treatment to address your symptoms.
Visit Our Urgent Care Clinic If
Dealing with Headaches and Migraines