Headaches Specialist

PrimeMD

Primary Care Practice & Pain Management located in Lancaster, Lancaster, OH & Westerville, OH

Severe or frequent headaches can feel crippling or be the sign of a more serious medical problem. At PrimeMD, with locations in North Columbus, Newark, Lancaster, Westerville, Kenton, Marion, Wilmington, Dublin, and New Albany, Ohio, the expert medical team can find the root cause of headaches and treat them to give you relief. Call the nearest office to book an appointment or schedule one online today.

Headaches Q & A

What are headaches?

Headaches are common conditions that cause pain in or around your head. They can develop for a variety of reasons. Migraines are a type of severe headache that may also cause visual disturbances, weakness, fatigue, and nausea or vomiting. Treatment at PrimeMD can relieve headache discomfort or reduce your risk of developing them.

What do headaches feel like?

Headaches could be mild, moderate, severe, and even debilitating. They might feel like a dull, aching pain, sharp pain, or throbbing discomfort. You could have pain on just one side of your head or experience all-over discomfort. The pain can last just a few hours or up to several days when left untreated. 

What are the common causes of headache pain?

Common causes and risk factors associated with headaches include:

  • Allergies
  • Some foods and additives
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Concussions
  • Chemicals, smoke, or perfumes
  • Dehydration
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Too little sleep
  • Vision problems
  • Stress
  • Some medications
  • Hormone changes
  • Eye, neck, or back strain
  • Certain types of lighting
  • Loud noises
  • Weather changes
  • Genetics

A variety of factors increase your risk of developing headaches and most people experience them from time to time. But if you have frequent headaches or migraines and need relief, PrimeMD is here for you.

How does my doctor find the cause of headaches?

To find out what’s likely causing your headaches and detect or rule out serious medical problems, your PrimeMD provider discusses your medical history and symptoms. They weigh you and check your blood pressure, pulse, and other vital signs before completing a physical exam.

Your provider could recommend you undergo a CT scan or MRI to rule out or detect a tumor, head trauma, or other serious issues.

What are the common headache treatments? 

Headache treatments your provider could recommend you try include:

Lifestyle changes

The PrimeMD team might suggest you make diet, exercise, or sleeping changes. Switch up your medication regimen, drink more water, limit caffeine and alcohol, and adopt additional healthy habits as needed to reduce your risk of headache discomfort. 

Medications

Taking certain medications can reduce headache pain and your risk of developing headaches and migraines in the future. 

Stress management

Managing stress looks different for everyone, as each patient is different. You might try yoga, exercise, massage, relaxed breathing techniques, meditation, or other stress-relieving strategies to reduce headache pain.

Don’t live with crippling headaches or migraines when you don't have to. Call the nearest PrimeMD office to schedule an appointment or book online today for pain relief.