If you’re one of the millions of people who experiences frequent headaches, you don’t need to suffer in silence. New treatment options can make a difference in the frequency and severity of headaches. That means relief from pain and a better quality of life.
Talk with your primary care physician first
Research has shown that the vast majority of headache sufferers don’t mention their pain during routine physician visits. Those who suffer from headaches often live with the pain simply because they always have – unaware of treatments that can provide significant relief and improved quality of life.
If you experience severe, disabling headaches several days a month, talk to your primary care physician. Your doctor can help diagnose what type of headache you’re having, identify appropriate treatment options and refer you to a neurologist if necessary.
Types of headaches and treatments
Headaches are generally divided into two categories:
- Primary headaches: migraines, tension, cluster and persistent daily headache.
- Secondary headaches, which are due to some other cause like a concussion, brain aneurysm, car accident or meningitis.
If you are diagnosed with chronic migraines, BOTOX™ therapy (botulinum toxin injections) has become the treatment of choice for patients. Chronic migraines are defined as having a headache more than 15 days a month, with half of those days being migraine headaches.
BOTOX injections are given every three months and can reduce the incidence of migraines to only a few or to none in the three months between injections. BOTOX is just one example of newer treatments that can be effective for people with headaches.
Infusion therapy is another option used to treat immediate headache pain, by administering medications and fluids intravenously. NeuroCare Center Goshen Physicians includes an infusion center, as well as diagnostic tests and evaluations.
New medications prevent headaches
In addition to treating pain, there are new medications available that can help prevent headaches before they start. So, if you’re suffering from headaches, the place to start is a conversation with your primary care provider.
To learn more about our specialists at the NeuroCare Center Goshen Physicians, visit GoshenHealth.com/care-services/nerve-disorders-neurology.