Migraines And Headaches Specialist

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Validus Health and Wellness Center

Medical Clinic located in Boerne, TX

Many adults who attribute their symptoms to a sinus headache are really suffering from a migraine. The medical experts at Validus Health and Wellness Center in Boerne, Texas, want to help their patients understand the differences between migraines and headaches of all types. They seek the root cause of your headache pain, so you get the most effective treatment that not only relieves potentially debilitating symptoms, but also targets the origin of the pain. If headaches or migraines are disrupting your life, call or go online to schedule an appointment today.

Migraines and Headaches Q & A

Validus Health and Wellness Center

What is causing my headaches?

Once you know the cause of your headache or the type of headache you’re experiencing, the more effectively you’ll be able to treat it. The most common types of headaches are tension headaches, cluster headaches, and sinus headaches.

Tension headaches

Tension headaches are the most prevalent type of headache. You may feel a constant ache and pressure around your head, usually at the temples or at the back of your neck. Tension headaches, although painful, are not usually as severe as migraines, and often respond to aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or other over-the-counter and homeopathic methods.

Cluster headaches

Surprisingly, cluster headaches affect more men than women. These headaches occur in groups or cycles and appear suddenly as severe pain on one side of your head. Additional symptoms of cluster headaches may include one watery eye, congestion, and a runny nose all on the same side of your head as the pain -- so it’s easy to mistake a cluster headache for a sinus headache.

Sinus headaches

This kind of headaches happens when your sinuses become inflamed because of an infection or cold. You feel pain from the sinus pressure, and sometimes experience a fever.

How is a migraine different?

Sinus, cluster, and tension headaches cause pain and discomfort, but migraines can feel like your head is going to explode. Migraine headaches may run in families and are sometimes triggered by hormonal changes, especially in women and teenage girls. Migraine headaches are usually on one side or at the front of your head and may last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Symptoms may include:

  • Pulsating pain
  • Nausea
  • Eye pain or sensitivity to light
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Pain worsened by physical activity
  • Sensitivity to noise

What are common migraine triggers?

Sometimes migraines seem to come out of the blue, but in many cases, a particular trigger instigates the onset of a migraine. Some common triggers include:

  • Foods (chocolate, aged cheeses, processed foods)
  • Perfume or other strong odors
  • Alcohol, especially wine
  • Sunlight
  • Skipping meals
  • Lack of sleep
  • Hormonal changes and menstruation

The experts Validus Health and Wellness Center can get to the root causes of all types of headaches, including migraines, so you can get relief from acute symptoms as well as long-term preventive management of disrupting headaches. Call or go online to schedule a consultation.