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Headaches And Migraines

Approximately 38 million people suffer from migraines in the United States, and more than 80% of the population has had experiences with tension headaches. These numbers show that headaches are fairly common, which is why Arun Kandra, MD, and Vivek Das, MD, at Premier Spine & Pain Management offer interventional pain services for headaches to patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. For headache or migraine relief, call or use the online scheduler to set up an appointment. The practice has locations in Easton, Pennsylvania, and Somerset, Hillsborough, Succasunna, and Middletown, New Jersey.

Headaches and Migraines Q & A

What are the most common types of headaches?

Headaches can be either primary, which means they’re a medical issue, or secondary, which means they’re a result of another condition (a sinus headache brought on by a cold, for example). When it comes to primary headaches, the most common include:

Migraines are debilitating headaches that typically affect one side of your head. Migraines are complex neurological disorders that affect sufferers in different ways. Some people experience a period beforehand that portends the onset of a migraine (a prodrome), as well as an aura, which are disturbances in your vision. Other people get only the pain. In both cases, however, throbbing pain is the primary feature, and it can last from several hours to several days.

Tension headaches
Tension headaches are characterized by a tightness around your head. The pain can affect your neck and shoulders as well as your head and may be chronic or episodic.

Cluster headaches
These headaches are particularly painful and usually attack at night. Cluster headaches, as their name implies, come in patterns or clusters that can last for weeks, and even months.

What causes headaches?

There are more than 100 different types of headaches, with almost equally as many causes. When it comes to the three most common headaches — migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches — medical researchers have yet to find identifiable causes, though they believe there are several factors that put you more at risk, such as:

  • Genetics
  • Environment
  • Gender (women are more prone to migraines, while men are more prone to cluster headaches)
  • Stress
  • Hormones
  • Anxiety

The doctors at Premier Spine & Pain Management first work with you to identify your head pain and then come up with an appropriate treatment plan.

How are headaches treated?

Both Drs. Das and Kandra have extensive experience helping patients find relief from headaches. While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, they have a number of tools that can help relieve the pain, including:

  • Medications
  • Botox® injections
  • Myofascial release
  • Trigger point injections
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Trigger avoidance

Rest assured, the doctors work exhaustively to find a solution that works best for your unique situation.

For more on headache relief, call Premier Spine & Pain Management or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.