Headache Specialist in Elkton, MD
Get treatment for your headaches today! Call our team of professionals at Living Well Healthcare or visit us online to book an appointment. We are conveniently located at 270 West Main Street, Elkton, MD, 21921.
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An overactive or dysfunctional pain-sensitive structure in your head causes a primary headache. A primary headache does not indicate an underlying condition
Many factors can play a role in primary headaches, including chemical activity in your brain, nerves and blood vessels surrounding your skull, or muscles in your head and neck. It is also possible for some people to carry genes that increase their risk of developing such headaches.
Common types of primary headaches include migraines, cluster headaches, tension headaches, migraines with aura, and trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias (TAC), such as paroxysmal hemicrania and cluster headaches.
In addition to primary headaches, there are also a few types of headache patterns that are generally considered types of headaches. A distinct feature of these headaches is their unusual duration or their pain associated with a specific activity.
Despite being considered primary, each could represent a symptom of an underlying condition. These include chronic daily headaches, exercise headaches, cough headaches, and sex headaches.
Primary headaches may also be caused by lifestyle factors such as changes in sleep schedule or a lack of sleep, dietary factors, alcohol consumption, skipped meals, poor posture, and stress. Secondary headaches are headaches that are symptomatic of an underlying condition.
An individual can decide to see a doctor for a headache whenever they feel it is appropriate. However, certain signs and symptoms make medical care advisable. When headaches occur more often, or more severely than usual and don’t improve with the use of appropriate over-the-counter drugs, patients may wish to seek medical attention.
And whenever a headache causes such distress as to prevent an individual from working, sleeping, participating in activities, or interrupting their day-to-day life in any way, medical care is available. Patients can seek care for headaches of any variety at Living Well Healthcare.
Headaches and migraines require a correct diagnosis before you can get the right treatment. Your doctor will ask you questions about your health history and your headache history to determine the cause of your headaches.
Tell your doctor if you’ve ever been treated for headaches in the past, what medications you’ve taken in the past (both prescribed and over the counter), and what medications you’re taking today. You should also bring any X-rays and other imaging scans you’ve had for headaches. You may be able to avoid unnecessary tests that way.
After the doctor has collected background information and medical history, they will conduct physical and neurological exams to produce a diagnosis of the headache. They will look for symptoms of fever, infection, abnormality in breathing, blood pressure, or pulse, mental confusion, excessive fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and more.
Headaches and migraines may also be caused by diseases of the brain or nerves. Neurological tests can rule these out. In most cases, headaches turn out to be benign. Some tests suggest that physical or structural abnormalities in the brain may cause headaches, according to some tests.
Depending on the results of the doctor’s examination, laboratory tests may be ordered. Blood chemistry and urinalysis, CT scans, MRIs, sinus X-rays, EEGs, spinal taps, and eye exams may all be helpful in diagnosing specific types of headaches.
In some cases, headaches can be a sign of a serious underlying condition. Patients should seek emergency care for their headaches if they are experiencing confusion or difficulty understanding speech, fainting, or fevers in excess of 102 F to 104 F. Numbness, weakness, or paralysis of one side of the body, stiff neck, trouble walking, speaking, or seeing can all be serious symptoms. If you are experiencing headaches, reach out to our team at Living Well Healthcare today so that we can offer you treatments. We are conveniently located at 270 West Main Street, Elkton MD 21921. For more information, please call us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Elkton MD, Elk Mills MD, Fair Hill MD, Woodcrest Shores MD, North East MD, Warwick MD, and Chesapeake City MD.
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