Everyone has occasional head pain, but if you're among the nearly 39 million Americans who suffer from migraines or other serious headaches, you understand how debilitating they can be. At I-SPINE, Dr. Reginald J. Newsome provides comprehensive care to men and women who suffer from frequent or severe headaches. To learn about the latest treatment options, schedule a consultation today. Calling or booking online makes it easy to find a convenient appointment time at an office in Keller or Houston, Texas.
Headache Q & A
What are some common types of headaches?
Several types of headaches exist, and each one has varying levels of discomfort. Some of the more common headaches include:
- Cluster headaches: These headaches occur in swift succession and cause piercing pain and a burning sensation. Pain may be concentrated behind one eye or on one side of your head. Some people experience tearing eyes or nasal congestion during cluster headaches.
- Migraine headaches: Intense, pulsing pain that seems to come from deep inside your skull characterize migraines. They can last for hours or days and can cause nausea, sensitivity to light, and vision abnormalities.
- Cervicogenic headaches: These headaches usually occur after a sudden neck movement, or after a prolonged period during which your neck remains in one position. Steady head pain may occur on one side of your head or face, or occur only when you sneeze or cough
What is occipital neuralgia?
Your occipital nerves run from the top portion of your spinal cord into your scalp. When those nerves are damaged or inflamed, severe pain may develop at the base of your skull.
Irritation or pressure on your occipital nerves causes occipital neuralgia, often brought on by an injury, muscle tightness, or your body’s natural inflammatory response. Osteoarthritis, diabetes, gout, tumors, or infection can all lead to occipital neuralgia.
Several treatment options can relieve occipital neuralgia, including:
- Prescription medications
- Massage therapy
- Steroid shots
- Nerve blocks
- Occipital nerve stimulation
- Microvascular decompression
How can IV therapy help with headache pain?
Severe headaches may include nausea and an inability to take oral medications. Intravenous (IV) therapy can help by delivering medications — or a blend of micronutrients — directly into your bloodstream.
Many people with severe headaches also have certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies. An inability to effectively process nutrients can lead to immune system malfunctions and inflammatory responses.
Effectively delivering these nutrients is key to easing chronic headache pain in some individuals. A carefully balanced blend of vitamins and minerals can yield results when introduced intravenously.
When you notice the onset of a severe headache, schedule an appointment at I-SPINE. Once you arrive, an IV is placed, and a custom-mixed solution is infused directly into your bloodstream.
The entire process takes only 30-60 minutes, and headache relief may occur before treatment is complete. One of the most significant benefits of IV therapy is the ability to find lasting pain relief without the need for higher doses of oral medications and the side effects that accompany this traditional form of therapy.
If you’re ready to move beyond headache pain, schedule an appointment with I-SPINE today.