Headaches are an unfortunate part of life for most people. For some they are minor, and come and go quickly. For others, headaches are frequent, painful and disruptive. Common types of headaches include:

  • Migraine headaches: recurring, throbbing headaches that usually affect one side of the head.
  • Tension headaches: pain or pressure around the face, head or neck when your muscles become tense.
  • Cluster headaches: severe pain that occurs in patterns or clusters on one side of your head, usually around your eye.
  • Chronic and daily headaches

Very often, headaches are “triggered” by stress, foods you eat and even the weather. Identifying the underlying causes of your headache can help prevent future headaches, keep minor headaches from getting worse and relieve the suffering of major headaches.

Diagnosis & Treatment of Headaches

Your doctor will talk with you about your headache symptoms and frequency. It may help for you to keep a headache diary, listing circumstances or foods that may be triggering your headaches, or making them worse or better. Your doctor may recommend additional testing, like a CT scan or MRI to rule out other conditions or problems that might be causing your headaches.

Your treatment plan will depend on the severity of your headaches and how often you have them. Treatment options can include education and counseling, lifestyle changes, natural minerals and vitamins, prescription medications and Botox. When you start treatment, it’s a good idea to keep track of any changes in your headache diary so you and your doctor can adjust your treatment plan if needed.

Our goal is to identify the type of headache and underlying causes and to treat or help in managing the pain. At Mercy, you’ll find that effective management also means we provide compassionate care. We listen to and address all of your concerns: body, mind and spirit, so you can feel complete relief and return to a normal, active life.

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