While an occasional headache affects most people in the United States from time to time, painful or chronic headaches shouldn’t be ignored. At Harmony Health in Glendale, California, Aram Gabrielyan, MD, and the compassionate medical team offer evaluation and treatment services for all types of headaches, including migraines and tension headaches. The doctors take the time to understand the cause of your headaches and customize your treatment to quickly ease pain and prevent other health complications. If your quality of life is interrupted by persistent headaches, schedule a consultation today. You can book online or by calling Harmony Health.
A headache is a common condition that causes head discomfort and pain, which can also radiate into your neck and back.
The cause of primary headaches relates to processes in your brain. If you have headaches as a side effect of underlying medical issues, trauma, or the overuse of medications, these are known as secondary headaches.
There are a variety of headache types that can interfere with your quality of life, such as:
Migraines are severe headaches that cause throbbing pain, typically on one side of your head, and make you more sensitive to lights, sounds, and smells.
Sinus headaches can develop when the sinus cavities become inflamed, causing pressure and pain in your head.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, resulting from tight muscles in the neck, poor posture, or excessive stress.
Cluster headaches cause an intense, burning pain on one side of the head or behind the eye. They can last for several days and cause a persistently runny nose or nasal congestion.
To determine the root cause of your headache, your Harmony Health provider reviews your medical and family history. They also discuss the type of pain and other symptoms you have and their frequency.
Depending on the severity of your headaches, you may need diagnostic testing to rule out underlying issues that may be triggering your pain. Tests may include imaging tests, like X-rays, and blood work.
If you have chronic migraines or cluster headaches, your Harmony Health provider may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to control pain and prevent new headaches.
When frequent headaches are caused by stress and muscle tension, your doctor may suggest increasing your daily exercise and massage therapy. Learning stress reduction techniques can also reduce your risk of recurring tension headaches.
If you get chronic sinus headaches, your Harmony Health provider can determine the best treatment for your sinus inflammation. This may include medications or nasal sprays that reduce inflammation and alleviate pressure in your head.
Whether your headaches are severe or chronic, you should schedule a thorough medical evaluation at Harmony Health without delay. Book an appointment online now or by calling the office today.