You may experience a headache for a wide variety of reasons, which may include:
While it is normal to experience a headache from time to time, chronic headaches, classified as headaches that occur more frequently than once every couple of months, can have a detrimental effect on your quality of life and you should seek medical attention.
Sudden, severe headaches are described as acute headaches. If you experience an acute headache that is accompanied by vision impairment, dizziness, or a loss of consciousness, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Dr. McDonald helps patients by diagnosing the root cause of their headaches and offering effective treatment to reduce their severity and frequency.
While headaches and migraines both cause pain in the head, migraines also cause symptoms like seeing auras, spots, or flashing lights, blurred vision or vision loss, nausea and vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sounds, and smell. Migraines also typically are located on one side of the head.
The first step in treating headaches is to determine the cause of your condition. Dr. McDonald offers comprehensive exams to learn about your health, lifestyle, and physical well-being to identify the underlying issue causing your headaches.
In many cases she recommends lifestyle changes to help you to avoid triggers and lead a healthier life overall. In some cases she may prescribe medication. If your headaches are linked to tension or trigger points in your back or neck, trigger point injections may be prescribed to break up the knots causing your headaches.
If your headaches are triggered by certain foods or allergies, lifestyle adjustments are the most effective way to prevent headaches from occurring. Dr. McDonald can provide counseling and support to help you make the necessary changes to manage your condition.
If you’re not sure if your headaches are normal or not, make an appointment with Dr. McDonald for a checkup and explain your symptoms to her. She is dedicated to helping her patients to lead healthy, pain-free lives and will answer your questions thoroughly.
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