Headaches & Migraines

What is the difference between a headache and a Migraine? A headache refers to the feeling of pain in a particular spot of your brain. Where as a migraine is a headache that has a throbbing like pain along with other symptoms that are more severe.
 

Individuals Affected

Did you know that millions of Americans experience headaches every year? Or Should we say everyday? Should you be experiencing severe headaches or migraines please do not hesitate to contact your Primary Physician. In case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1. Severe headaches should not be disregarded as they can become fatal.

Risk Factors

Did you know that there are two types of headaches?

Type 1 headaches are temporary headaches that are not linked to any disease. Identifying triggers is important. Here are some triggers for Type 1 Headaches:

  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Hunger
  • Alcohol
  • Excessive exposure to electronics
  • Genetics
  • Anything caffeine related
  • Certain foods
  • Cold air / sleeping with the window open or the AC on blast
  • Weather changes
  • Exposure to strong lights, smells, sounds

Type 2 headaches – These type of headaches are linked to illnesses/ disease. These triggers may include the following:

  • Ear infections
  • Flu
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Strokes
  • Dental problems
  • Covid19
  • Blood clots
  • Brain tumors

Headache Tip Of The Day

When treating your headaches, be sure to monitor any negative reaction that you may experience. Avoid overusing medications. Should you notice a pattern of headaches, make sure to record the day that it happened, the time, on a scale of 1-10 how bad was the pain, the particular location to where this pain was in your head, any changes to your personal behavior, how did it make you feel? As well as how long did the pain last?
Should you experience migraines more often please be sure to inform your Primary Physician. Inquire about going under a CT scan to determine what can you see based of the scan and discuss with your Primary Physician on what your Physician recommends for you.

Medical Professionals

Should your primary Physician supply you with a pre-req your doctor may refer you to a Neurologist. A neurologist would be able to identify the route of the problem and should their be any underlying issue that is causing this.

Diagnosis

Headaches are to be diagnosed by your Primary Physician. Should there be a requirement of an additional testing such as a blood test, ct scan, Xrays, MRI or skull X-rays your doctor will be the one to inform you and provide you with the pre-req form.

Rx Treatment

Majority of headaches can be managed and treated by using o-t-c pain medications such as:

  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
  • Naproxen (Aleve)

  • Aspirin

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

Should you not feel any type of relief after taking one of the above mentioned medicine, speak with your Primary Physician on your options.

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Headaches and Migraines are not to be taken lightly as migraines usually lead to bigger problems in the future. Learn to make time for yourself. Rest properly and manage your health by a healthy diet along with staying physicially active. Establish a daily routine. Stay focused. Stay hydrated. Eliminate stress factors by clearing your mind.