Headaches are among the most common health ailments globally, and almost 50% of all Americans complain of headaches or migraines each year. Most headaches are uncomfortable but harmless, occurring rarely. Sometimes, however, they may be a symptom of a chronic condition or more serious illness. The team of internal medicine and primary care providers at DFW MDcare in Plano, Texas, provides treatment and preventive care solutions for all types of headaches. If head pain affects your life, schedule a health check today over the phone or online.
A headache is an ache in the head, neck, and/or face. But the type of pain, intensity, and location varies from person to person and depends on the type of headache you have and why.
Headaches can be acute or chronic. An acute headache has a distinct cause and clear beginning and end, and you can often treat it with home care. Chronic headaches, however, occur in bouts or continuously for three months or longer, and the underlying cause is harder to identify.
A headache can be a condition by itself or a symptom of illness, disease, or injury. The experienced team at DFW MDcare understands why you have headaches, provides treatment, and offers guidance on headache prevention.
There are more than 150 different types of headaches. Here we look at some of the most common types.
Cluster headaches typically last for one to three hours but occur daily or every few days, over weeks, months, or even a year. You then have a period of relief before the next cluster.
Most people either have a history of migraines or get them rarely, if ever. It feels like a throbbing or pulsing pain on one or both sides of your head and/or at the base of your neck. Pain is often severe, and many people also experience nausea or increased sensitivity to sound and light.
Tension headaches occur, unsurprisingly, when someone feels tense or stressed. These headaches can affect both sides of the head or the back of the head and neck, and many people even say they carry the head pain in their back and shoulders. Tension headaches feel like a tight, pressing pain.
If headaches affect your quality of life, the team at DFW MDcare can perform a health assessment to help manage your symptoms.
A primary chronic headache has no identifiable cause. Non-primary chronic headaches are those that are a symptom of something else. Causes could include:
Never ignore a chronic headache. The team at DFW MDcare has extensive training to identify when a headache is a condition on its own or a symptom, and they create treatment programs to address your needs. Call the practice or click the book online button.