What causes headaches?
One of the most frequent triggers is stress, which causes tension headaches. Tissue damage in your cervical vertebrae (neck) can also cause radiating pain that goes into your head. Other common causes of headaches include:
- Head injuries
- Sinus infections
- Colds or flu
- Chemical fumes
- Polluted air
- Intense light
- Excessive noise levels
- Mild dehydration
Some people have conditions like trigeminal and occipital neuralgia, where the pain comes from the large nerves in your head or face.
While these are all recognizable triggers for headaches, many of the 150 types of headaches have no identifiable cause. One of the most severe and widespread of these is the migraine headache.
What are migraine headaches?
Migraines can cause extreme head pain and other distressing symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, severe fatigue, and weakness. Some people also have visual disturbances called an aura, where they see flashing lights or spots and lines before their eyes.
You might have migraines infrequently, or you could experience attacks several times a week. Frequent migraine headaches can cause considerable disruption to your life in addition to the tremendous pain.
Although the precise cause of migraine headaches isn’t clear, they usually have specific triggers. Common ones include stress, chocolate, aged cheeses, and red wine. If you identify your triggers, you can take steps to avoid them.
What treatments are available for headaches?
Headache treatment traditionally starts with medication. Pain-relieving drugs ease your symptoms, and certain types can even help prevent migraines, but they do have some drawbacks.
Taking medication to mask the pain doesn’t do anything about the cause of your headaches. Medications can sometimes have unpleasant side effects too, so many patients look for alternative options. The Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Las Vegas team provides a range of treatments that alleviate headaches and migraines.
Physical medicine uses noninvasive techniques like physical therapy and therapeutic massage to treat problems like neck injuries and diseases that cause headaches. These approaches are also vital in reducing muscle tension to help you avoid stress headaches. Trigger point injections can also be useful in healing knotted neck muscles.
Patients might also benefit from the advanced interventions the team at Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Las Vegas offers, such as RST-Sanexas neoGEN® electric cell signaling treatment.
If frequent headaches or migraines are getting you down, call the Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Las Vegas office today or book an appointment online.