Migraines & Headaches

MDPain -  - Interventional Pain Management


Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Greenwood Village and Parker, CO

When migraines and headaches plague your world, it can make everything hard, from washing the dishes to answering the phone. At Metro Denver Pain Management, the multidisciplinary team understands how headaches impact your life and work with you to find a solution. With office locations in Greenwood Village and Parker, Colorado, these pain management specialists find a way to reduce both the frequency and severity of your migraines and headaches. To schedule your appointment, or to learn more about your options, call Metro Denver Pain Management today or use the online booking tool.

Migraines & Headaches Q & A

What are the Symptoms of a Headache?

When you get a headache, you may experience a range of symptoms. The primary pain may feel dull and achy or sharp and intense. The pain may occur on one side of your head or the other, or it may manifest at the back on your head. This pain may be accompanied by other symptoms, including nausea and vomiting, sinus pressure, or a feeling of tightness around the head.

With a migraine, other symptoms develop, including things like:

  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Pounding or throbbing pain on one side of the head
  • Hot and cold sensations
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue
  • Visual disturbances like flashing dots, wavy lines, or blind spots (auras)

Some migraine sufferers also experience a pre-migraine stage, called prodrome, where they may have food cravings, concentration issues, and irritability, among other symptoms.

What Causes Headaches and Migraines?

Headaches and migraines may occur on their own, called primary headaches, or they may be a side effect of another condition. These are called secondary headaches.

Headaches may occur with an infection, such as a sinus or ear infection, or with conditions like glaucoma and meningitis. Dehydration can cause headaches, as can high blood pressure.

Chronic headaches, including migraines, can result from extreme stress and carrying tension in and around the neck. They can also be brought on by certain foods, food additives, or alcohol.

How are Headaches Treated?

Your pain management specialist at Metro Denver Pain Management finds a solution that can reduce the severity and frequency of your headaches and migraines. Depending on the specifics of your case, your doctor may suggest:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Prescription headache medications
  • Hot or cold compresses
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Botox injections
  • Trigger point injections

In many situations, your doctor may take a multidisciplinary approach and combine treatment approaches.

How Does Botox Help with Migraines?

Botox, a common cosmetic procedure that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, is an effective treatment for some types of headaches and migraines, especially those whose headaches result from muscle spasms or tension.

Your doctor injects a Botox serum into your muscles, temporarily paralyzing the muscle and halting muscle contractions. The results develop over the first few days and can last 8-12 weeks.

To learn more about headache treatments, go online or call the Metro Denver Pain Management practice today to schedule your initial consultation.