Understanding the Different Types of Headaches and Their Triggers

Headaches are a common condition that just about everyone will suffer at one point in their life. There are different types of headaches and each has its own set of triggers, and often symptoms, but problems can arise when all are often treated the same way, with over-the-counter medication. Medication can certainly help, and for many headaches, they may be the only treatment you need. But if you find yourself often self-medicating your headaches then it may be time to explore other treatment options with your local Las Vegas, NV, health experts, Dr. Robert Odell and Dr. Stephen Shaw of Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Las Vegas.

Tension Headaches

There are usually two categories for headaches, primary and secondary, of which, secondary headaches refer to those that arise as a symptom of another condition, while primary headaches are typically the issue itself.

Tension headaches are the most common type of primary headaches, they can range from mild to moderate and can worsen as you perform everyday activities. They can usually be treated with over-the-counter pain relief medication, but it's still important to seek help if they're a recurring problem. Stress is a common trigger for these types of headaches.


Migraines are the second most common of primary headaches and can result in sensitivity to light, noise, and odors, which can trigger or worsen the headaches. These can be moderate to severe and can bring on accompanying symptoms like nausea or vomiting.

Migraines can be debilitating.

Cluster Headache

The most rare of the primary headaches but can also be the most severe, as the name suggests, these headaches come in clusters.

Several things can trigger cluster headaches including alcohol, exertion, bright lights, and certain foods, among others.

Treatment for Headaches in Las Vegas, NV

Your doctor can help you understand what type of headache you're dealing with and can recommend a treatment plan that best fits your needs. Treatment typically involves noninvasive techniques that are meant to address any underlying issues as well as provide relief. These techniques can be beneficial in treating different types of headaches, but your provider may also suggest other treatments like RST-Sanexas neoGEN®, a state-of-the-art procedure that is also both safe and noninvasive and is often used in pain relief applications.

If you struggle with headaches and are exploring your treatment options you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Odell and Dr. Shaw of Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV, by dialing (702) 257-PAIN.

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