Headaches and Migraines
Practically everyone experiences a headache every now and then. But when headaches become a chronic condition or generate severe pain, as is the case with migraines, you may need medical care to provide relief.
There are more than 150 different kinds of headaches – a long list that includes tension headaches, cluster headaches, migraines, sinus headaches, spinal headaches, and those related to hormonal imbalances and post-traumatic injuries, to name a few.
Basically, headache pain is caused by signals that are transmitted from the muscles in your head or nerves in your blood vessels to your brain. These pain signals can be triggered by a wide variety of factors, including:
- Illnesses, such as fever or respiratory infection that produce pressure or inflammation of soft tissues
- Injuries, such as a concussion
- Stress that is the result of elevated levels of adrenaline and cortisol, poor eating habits, excess consumption of alcohol, or lack of sleep
- Muscular injury from poor posture or overuse of neck muscles
- Exposure to chemical toxins or environmental pollutants
- Genetics, if headaches or migraines run in your family
The Difference Between a Migraine and a Headache
A migraine is an intensely painful, recurring form of headache that can last for several hours or as much as a few days. Typically, it only affects one side of the head, but it can affect both sides as well.
Aside from their severity, a migraine and a milder form of headache differ in that migraine pain tends to cause a throbbing in a certain area that may vary in intensity. It can also worsen with physical exertion. Other common symptoms of a migraine include nausea and a sensitivity to light.
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Treatment for Migraine and Headaches in Southeast Michigan
The board-certified specialists at Associates in Neurology have advanced skills in the diagnosis and treatment of the many different types of headaches and migraines. With their vast therapeutic knowledge and experience, they can help you find effective pain relief to improve your quality of life.
If you are experiencing severe or frequent headaches, call us today at (248) 478-5512 to arrange an evaluation at one of our convenient locations or use our secure, online Request an Appointment form to schedule your visit.