Deciding when to go see a headache specialist can be confusing. You do not want to put in the time and effort for a healthcare appointment if you do not really need one. On the other hand, you do not want to avoid seeing a doctor, allowing symptoms to worsen and your condition to progress.
How do you know if what you’re experiencing is migraine pain?
Dr. Timothy Dembowski, the founder of Atlanta Medical Clinic, begins by drawing a parallel with back pain: Someone might feel a low-back twinge after a Saturday filled with yard work – or suffer a couple of days of agony for no apparent reason.
More than 5.2 million emergency room visits annually are due to headache, and while there are many different types and causes of this localized pain, The National Headache Foundation reports that tension-type headaches occur most frequently, and are usually the result of stress, fatigue, anxiety, and muscular “gripping” in our bodies.
A cluster headache is a rare disorder that involves excruciating pain on one side of the head. The Allevio SPG block is a treatment that is increasingly used to deliver cluster headache pain relief.
The Mayo Clinic defines a headache as “pain in any region of the head,” but for 36 million Americans that suffer from migraine headaches every year, that hardly defines the suffering of the condition. With severe, disabling discomfort, vomiting or nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, vision problems, and even disorientation, all lasting up to 72 hours, migraine is a neurological disorder and not your typical headache.
Is it possible that what you think is a headache is actually a migraine? Here is some basic information to tell the two apart.
When you have head pain, it’s not always easy to tell if it’s a migraine or another type of headache. It’s of paramount importance that you be able to tell which one is occurring so that you can use a more accurately targeted treatment.
What’s the difference between a migraine and other types of headaches?
Nearly three out of four migraine patients reported lower pain and less need for medication following chiropractic therapy.
Dr. Peter Tuchin, a chiropractor for two decades, decided later in life to get a PhD. For his doctoral dissertation at Macquarie University in Australia, he conducted a randomized clinical trial – looking for evidence of the role chiropractic can play in migraine relief.
The SPG nerve block has become an increasingly common treatment for migraine and chronic headaches. A 2015 clinical trial shows that it stops pain quickly.
How the SPG is involved with headache disorders
The SPG nerve block directly targets the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG), a group of nerves that is connected to the brainstem (often the origin of migraine or cluster headaches) and the meninges (connective tissue layers covering the brain) via the trigeminal nerve.