Everyone has an occasional headache, but an estimated 10-15% of the population suffers from severe headaches or migraines. The Wellspring LifeCare team can provide you with acute headache relief and long-term treatment options to help you feel better and reduce the frequency of your headaches. We have extensive experience in acupuncture, herbal medicine, and lifestyle counseling to bring you natural headache relief. Should you wish, we can also help you find the right prescription medication for your needs. Call us or use the online booking feature to schedule your appointment at our Irvine, CA office today!
Although there are numerous types of headaches, they’re all categorized as either primary or secondary. Primary headaches arise from problems in your head and neck, such as nerve sensitivity, muscle tension, blood vessel problems, or chemical activity in your brain.
Secondary headaches are caused by an underlying health condition. Two examples of the headaches in this category are sinus headaches and headaches due to head injuries.
The three most common primary headaches are tension headaches, cluster headaches, and migraines:
Tension headaches are often associated with stress, lack of sleep, and tense muscles. They cause mild to moderate pain that’s often described as feeling like your head is being squeezed.
As their name says, these headaches occur in clusters. You have headaches for about 6-12 weeks, with headaches occurring every day, after which they go into remission. A single headache attack lasts 15 minutes to three hours and causes severe pain in or around one eye.
Migraines cause an intense, throbbing pain that’s usually around one temple but may spread to both sides of your face. The pain lasts 4-72 hours and is accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, smell, sound, or touch.
These headaches are triggered by different factors. Many patients find that caffeine, stress, bright lights, and lack of sleep trigger their migraines. About one-third of migraine patients experience aura, which means they have sensory changes that occur about 20-60 minutes before their migraine pain begins.
The most common aura symptoms are vision changes such as seeing flashes of light or wavy lines. You may also feel unusual sensations, develop uncontrollable movements, or have a hard time moving.
Some patients experience food cravings and mood swings before their migraine begins. Others continue to feel confused or hypersensitive to light for a time after their migraine ends.
The doctors at Wellspring LifeCare help you identify lifestyle factors and triggers associated with your headache or migraine. We develop an individualized treatment plan that integrates herbal medicine, supplements and acupuncture with prescription medications to relieve pain during an acute migraine attack and help prevent future headaches.
If you experience frequent or severe headaches, call Wellspring LifeCare or use online booking to schedule an appointment and get started on pain-relieving treatment.