Chronic Headaches / Migraines

chronic headache treatment hamiltonEveryone gets headaches now and then, but for some people, headaches are more frequent or more severe — or both.

Chronic headaches or migraines can be debilitating. With a variety of causes, or sometimes no known cause, they can be difficult to treat. Often, a combination of therapies is needed for chronic headache pain management.

Main Street Health offers several chronic headache treatments in one convenient location.

What is a chronic headache?

Professionals define chronic headache or chronic migraine as 15 or more “headache days” per month for at least 3 months. Even if they don’t occur every day, frequent headaches that fit this description are medically referred to as chronic daily headaches.

What is a headache?

A headache is sharp, throbbing, or dull pain anywhere in the head. It is usually defined as continuous pain, but duration ranges from under an hour to several days.

What is a migraine?

A migraine is a particular of type of headache — usually throbbing pain — in one area of the head. It often includes symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and sensory symptoms called auras. Common migraine auras include flashes of light or a tingling sensation in the limbs (usually just one arm or leg).

What are chronic headache causes?

The cause of chronic daily headaches or chronic migraines is uncertain.

What causes a headache?

There are several possible for reasons for headaches to occur occasionally:

  • menstruation, menopause, or pregnancy often cause hormonal headaches
  • concussion or whiplash often includes a persistent headache
  • stress or poor posture may create tension headaches
  • a cold or allergies can lead to sinus headache

Sudden headache could signal a serious condition like stroke.

What causes a migraine?

The cause or causes of migraines are unknown, but many people find certain things can trigger a migraine.

Common migraine triggers include:

  • stress
  • hormonal changes
  • certain foods or drinks
  • food additives or other chemicals
  • lack of sleep or disrupted sleep patterns

How do I treat or prevent chronic headaches / migraines?

You may learn how to prevent migraines or chronic headaches by keeping a headache diary. This record of when your headache started, how intense it was, and how long it lasted will help you identify patterns and triggers.

Several therapies provide long-term, drug-free remedies for headaches:

Main Street Health offers all of these therapies in one convenient location. Our friendly staff will even help with any insurance coverage.

To discuss your options for personalized pain management and headache relief, book an assessment with our team.

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