What you need to know about headaches
Most people tend to self-diagnose themselves with a headache, take ibuprofen and move on. But it isn’t always that simple. If you experience frequent headaches, or abnormal feeling headaches, it is important to receive a proper diagnosis and determine if something else is going on. Headaches occur in different frequencies, which is why individually tailored treatments are key to providing optimal care.
Depending on what type of headache you are experiencing—or have been experiencing—we will create an appropriate treatment plan. Receiving an accurate diagnosis of frequent or recurring headaches will help us to determine how to help you find relief when your symptoms occur or how to help you prevent them from occurring in the first place.
To help you get a better understanding of headaches, we’ve put together some information about underlying health conditions that might be signaling a headache and how to complete further examinations. Let’s take a look.
What underlying health conditions are involved?
Our bodies are extremely unique and can often mirror underlying health conditions through different symptoms, including headache. Understanding if your headache is actually a symptom of another health condition is key to receiving appropriate medical attention. When your physician diagnoses your headache, it is important to provide a complete history of your symptoms and what the headache is like.
During this time, your physician might also ask you how the headache feels and what characteristics you are experiencing. These will often include:
- Describe where the pain is located and how it feels.
- On a scale of one to 10, how severe is the pain?
- How long do your headaches last?
- How often do you get headaches?
- Do your headaches occur after you eat certain food, perform an activity or after medications?
- Are you experiencing any other symptoms with your headache such as sensitivity to light?
- Do other members of your family suffer from headaches?
- When did you first experience this type of headache?
- Are all of your headaches the same?
- Do you have different levels and types of headaches?
Complete further examinations
Beyond just a visit to our office or your primary care physician’s office, it is important to complete further examinations to rule out any other conditions. This might include a physical or neurological examination. In doing so, we can determine if there are any signs of an underlying health condition. We will look for:
- Trouble with balance.
- Vision abnormalities.
- High blood pressure.
- Fatigue or muscle weakness.
- Injuries or head trauma.
We understand that it can be frustrating to comb through information about the different types of headaches and causes out there. However, it is important to seek further care to determine what type of headache you have and create an appropriate treatment plan.
Contact Fuller Sleep & TMJ Solutions to learn more about what your next steps should be for finding relief from your headaches.