Headaches and Migraines Treatment Questions and Answers
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At one point in our lives, we all experience headaches. Whether they’re brought on by dehydration, overindulgence, allergies, or a multitude of different causes, headaches are not a welcome symptom and can be very debilitating at their worst. Migraines are a common cause of headaches, and can occur when exposed to high amounts of stress, infections or improper use of medications.
Why do I keep getting headaches and migraines?
Migraines are thought to be the result of abnormal brain activity temporarily affecting nerve signals, chemicals, and blood vessels in the brain. The cause of this change in brain activity is not yet clear, but it’s possible that genes play a role in making you more susceptible to experiencing migraines as a result of a specific trigger.
Many possible migraine triggers have been suggested, including hormonal, physical, emotional, dietary, medicinal, and environmental factors. These triggers are typically unique, but it may help to identify a consistent trigger by keeping a diary. It can also sometimes be difficult to tell if you’re experiencing an early symptom of a migraine attack or if something is really a trigger.
If your migraines are infrequent, you may be able to use over-the-counter medications to treat symptoms as they occur, but keep in mind there is no one right way to treat a migraine. If your symptoms are severe or chronic, over-the-counter treatments may not be very helpful. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a stronger medication to help prevent future migraines and treat existing symptoms.
How long does a headache last after a migraine?
The length of migraines vary but can last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours. Predicting how long an individual migraine will last can be difficult, but charting its progress may help. Migraines are typically divided into the below five distinct stages:
- warning (premonitory) phase
- aura (not always present)
- headache, or main attack
- resolution period
- recovery (postdrome) stage
Some of these phases may only last a short amount of time, while others last much longer. Also, keep in mind that you may not experience each phase with every migraine you have. Keeping a migraine journal can help you prepare for what’s to come and track any patterns.
What is the difference between a migraine and a headache?
Experts have classified headaches into two main groups. These groups are primary and secondary.
Primary headaches consist of independent conditions that cause pain in the face, head, or neck. Examples of primary headaches include tension headaches and migraines.
Secondary headaches occur as the result of another medical condition, such as stress, an infection, or overuse of medication. These headaches are called:
- Tension-type headache
- Cluster headaches
A migraine is just one type of primary headache disorder that has been seen to cause severe pain and other symptoms. People with migraines may experience recurring symptoms that doctors call attacks or episodes.
Headaches are only one symptom of migraines, and they have a wide range of severity. Migraines can cause throbbing, intense headaches that last anywhere from several days to just a few hours.
A migraine headache usually affects one side of the head, but some people report experiencing pain on both sides.
If you or someone you know is experiencing severe or chronic headaches, come to Premier Urgent Care today! We understand how frustrating it can be when experiencing reoccurring headaches, and we have specially trained staff to help you with your migraine-related questions. Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!