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By Winchester Neurological Consultants
August 08, 2022
Category: Medical
Tags: Headaches  

They can make it difficult to work, sleep, and be around social settings, headaches can interfere with just about every aspect of your daily life. Although they are a common health condition and a very common source of pain, headaches are not always well understood, and because there are different kinds of headaches and some are symptoms of certain conditions, it's important to seek help from a professional if you are suffering from frequent pain. Below will be outlined some of the different kinds of headaches but you can learn more by getting in contact with your local experts at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA.

Primary Headaches

Primary headaches are those that are not symptoms of another condition, rather, when they are the condition themselves.

These types of headaches typically include tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches.

Tension headaches are often attributed to inadequate sleep, poor posture, and stress, and are typically responsive to over-the-counter pain medication.

Migraines can bring about moderate to severe pain and can last from a few hours to a few days, often resulting in nausea and vomiting.

Cluster headaches are named because they tend to manifest in groups or clusters, happening from 1 to 8 times per day for weeks, sometimes months, before going into remission for months again, or years. They are the most severe of the primary headaches.

Secondary Headaches

Secondary headaches are those that are brought on by another medical condition that can be diagnosed and often treated directly to manage these and other symptoms.

While there are many examples, one of the most common types is sinus headaches. These can occur when you are sick and suffering from an infection that causes the passageways inside the sinuses to become inflamed and infected. This creates great pressure, and often severe pain that some have likened to the experience of a toothache and that is often misdiagnosed as a migraine.

Headache Treatment in Winchester, VA

If you are struggling with regular headaches or migraines you may be able to find relief by scheduling a consultation with Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, VA, by dialing (540) 667-1828.

By Winchester Neurological Consultants
November 25, 2020
Category: Health Conditions
Tags: Headaches  
Winchester Neurological Consultants diagnose and treat various health conditions, including headaches. At their Winchester, VA, office, doctors and nurse practitioners form a team to answer questions and help you better informed.

Here are a few different kinds of headaches to know about

Tension headaches are triggered by stress, and come with a dull, aching sensation, tenderness or sensitivity around your neck, forehead, scalp, or shoulder muscles. You can relieve pain using over-the-counter pain relievers aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.
Cluster headaches occur around or behind one eye or on one side of the face and are characterized by severe burning pain. People may also endure the following symptoms: swelling, redness, flushing, sweating, nasal congestion and eye tearing. Cluster headaches occur in a series, lasting 15 minutes to three hours for months at a time. Treatment may include oxygen therapy, or local anesthetic so consult your Winchester specialist.
Migraines are an intense throbbing one side of your head that may last for days. Migraines inhibit people's ability to carry out their daily routine. Migraine is throbbing and usually one-sided. Migraines make people sensitive to light and sound, and cause nausea and vomiting. Women are more likely to have migraines but other causes are attributed to nervous system conditions, post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep disruption, dehydration, skipped meals, hormone fluctuations, and exposure to chemicals.
Allergy or sinus headaches occur in your sinus area and in the front of your head. Take into consideration that migraine headaches are commonly misdiagnosed as sinus headaches, but people who suffer from chronic seasonal allergies usually suffer from allergy headaches. Treatment may include: nasal steroid sprays, over-the-counter decongestants, or antihistamines.
Exertion headaches don't last long (a few minutes or hours) and occur after periods of intense physical activity, like weight lifting, running, and sexual intercourse because of increased blood flow to your skull, which leads to a throbbing headache. Treatment options include analgesics, like ibuprofen.

Have any questions?

If you'd like to ask Winchester Neurological Consultants more questions about headaches at their Winchester, VA, office, call (540) 667-1828.