What You Should Know About Headaches and Migraines

If you’re frustrated and tired of dealing with chronic headaches or migraines, there are many options for relief. Thankfully, some effective therapies and treatments reduce the frequency and intensity of painful attacks. 

The pain management experts at MDPain offer conventional and alternative treatment methods to help you get your migraines under control so that you remain as symptom-free as possible. Our primary goal is targeting any underlying issues causing you pain and executing a specific treatment plan to get you feeling healthy and pain-free quickly and effectively.

Do you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines? Do you know the difference between migraine pain and other head pain? Read on to understand the difference between the two.

What’s the difference between a headache and a migraine?

Although both cause pain and discomfort, there is a difference between a migraine and a headache.

Headache

A headache feels like pressure and aching on both sides of your head, forehead, back of the neck, or temples. The pain ranges from mild to severe. The most common kind of headache is a tension headache, but there are other types as well, such as:

Headache pain lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to an entire week.

Migraine

A migraine is differentiated from a headache because of the co-occurring symptoms. The pain from a migraine is often so intense that it causes nausea, vomiting, or even temporary vision loss. Migraine sufferers may also experience pain behind one eye or ear, sensitivity to light or sound, pain in the temples, or seeing spots or flashing lights. Sometimes a migraine is so severe that patients seek help at an emergency room.

Migraines are typically categorized as either migraines with an aura or without an aura. An aura is a sensation you get about 30 minutes before a migraine strikes. You may notice tingling or numbness in your face or hands, see flashing lights, or have a strange sense of smell, taste, or touch. A migraine causes moderate to severe pain that makes routine tasks extremely challenging.

Treatment for headaches and migraines

Your pain management specialist at MDPain develops individualized treatment plans to target and eliminate pain based on your symptoms and health history. Our experts use various treatments and therapies to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines and headaches.

One option for migraine treatment is BotoxⓇ injections. A pain management provider uses Botox in particularly severe cases of chronic migraines. The injection has a prophylactic effect in the treatment of chronic migraines, lowering the frequency of attacks. 

Injecting the neurotoxin into certain head and neck muscles can help prevent migraines by paralyzing muscles and temporarily halting muscle contractions. Botox can keep you migraine-free for up to 12 weeks. Other migraine and headache treatments include:

Find pain relief today

If chronic migraines or headaches are making your life unpleasant, seek relief today. We encourage you to call either our Parker or Greenwood Village, Colorado offices. Click here for more information on our transition to telemedicine only. 

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