More than 15% of American adults suffer from severe headaches or migraines, but treatment options are available at Melbourne Spine. Omar H. Henriquez, MD, is an experienced pain management specialist in Melbourne, Florida, who leverages cutting-edge therapies to ease your headache pain without the need for medications like opioids. If you’re suffering from headaches and migraines, call Melbourne Spine or schedule an appointment online today.
Headaches are a type of pain experienced anywhere in your upper neck or head. When you have a headache, it can be on one side, spread from one location to another, or feel as though there’s a vice or tight band wrapped around your head.
Head pain can vary from headache to headache and person to person. Sometimes it’s throbbing or sharp and at other times it is a dull ache. Headaches can also range in intensity from mild to severe.
There are different types of headaches, some of which can constitute a chronic condition.
Headache pain is the result of pain signals from the nerves, blood vessels, brain chemicals, and tissue surrounding your brain, not the brain itself. There are two types of headaches based on their causes: primary and secondary.
Primary headaches occur when pain-sensitive structures in your head and neck are dysfunctional or overreact. These structures include chemicals in the brain, nerves and blood vessels around your skull, and muscles in your head and neck. One of the most common kinds of primary headaches is a migraine.
Secondary headaches are a symptom of another condition, like dehydration, sinusitis, ear infection, and high blood pressure.
Migraines are the second most common type of primary headaches. This kind of headache pain is characterized by a throbbing or pulsating pain that usually occurs on one side of your head. In many cases, migraine headaches have additional symptoms, such as:
Migraine symptoms can last from a few hours to several days.
Dr. Henriquez works closely with you to accurately diagnose your specific headache pain. To reach a diagnosis, he typically performs a comprehensive physical exam, reviews images like MRIs and X-rays, and discusses your personal and medical history.
Based on the diagnosis, Dr. Henriquezcreates a pain management strategy to relieve your symptoms. This approach might include:
Dr. Henriquez also makes lifestyle recommendations to avoid specific headache triggers, including dietary changes, exercise regimens, posture changes, and stress-relieving activities.
To learn more about headache and migraine management, call Melbourne Spine or schedule an appointment online today.