By Sue Perbody

Many people are familiar with the dreaded feeling of headaches of various forms. Some of these include migraines, cluster headaches, and tension headaches. Headaches are an issue that not all people know how to treat or identify properly. I am here to discuss the symptoms, treatments, and general information about this issue that is all too common.

Migraine pain is an intense pulsing from deep inside your head. They are throbbing and usually one-sided. Approximately 90% of the population has experienced a headache, and amongst them, 60% have experienced a migraine. People who endure migraines are often sensitive to light and sound. Migraines can have visual disturbances alongside the actual ache, known as an aura. These disturbances may include, but are not limited to, flashing and shimmering lights, blind spots, and zigzag lines. Migraines can run in the family genetically, but environmental factors can also play a key role.

Based on personal experience, I can say that environmental factors play a large role in migraine complications. Thanks to the miraculous DENT Neurologic Institute in Amherst, NY, I discovered that I had a severe vitamin deficiency that was causing my migraines. Upon receiving prescription strength vitamin supplements, my migraines completely went away. I will be forever grateful for DENT for helping my pain and agony go away completely.

The most common form of a headache is a tension headache. These are dull, aching sensations all throughout your head. Tenderness in the neck, forehead, and shoulder muscles can also be a contributing factor. These types of headaches are often triggered by stress, and can easily be resolved with over-the-counter medications. These medications include asprin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. My personal favorite form of pain relief is naproxen, or Aleve, because it is long-lasting and works right away.

Next, we transition into cluster headaches, which are best characterized as a severe burning and piercing pain. They occur behind one eye or on one side of the face at a time. Nasal congestion and eye tearing can also occur. After one headache resolves, another one will follow. Cluster headaches commonly form in the spring and fall. They are also three times more common in men. Doctors are not entirely sure what causes cluster headaches, but they have a variety of solutions for the problem. Oxygen therapy and local anesthetics can provide pain relief. It is important to set up a proper pain prevention plan with your doctor to keep your lifestyle running as smoothly as possible.

Based on personal experience, don’t hesitate to reach out to the DENT Neurologic Institute for help in resolving your treacherous headaches. They did wonders for me, and can do the same for you.

Remember to always consult with your physician if you should experience any prolonging symptoms.

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