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Headache, Migraine and Facial Pain

Headaches are extremely common and affect most of us at some time. In face, over 30% of men and 50% of women experience tension-type headaches, while one in seven adults experience migraines. Headache disorders are frequently disabling and require accurate diagnosis followed by appropriate treatment.

Headaches can be classified into many different types. Most typically patients experience chronic pain associated with tension or cluster headache, as well as migraine or pain associated with trauma or injury. Headaches can be related to the foods we eat, the work we perform or the leisure activities we pursue.

Lifestyle changes can potentially reduce the number and severity of headaches for regular sufferers but when your pain persists, it’s important to seek medical advice as headaches can also be a warning sign of other issues.

Possible causes of headache and migraine include:

  • Injury or trauma to the head
  • Abscessed tooth/jaw issues
  • Referred neck or back pain
  • Fever or infection, including serious infections such as meningitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Inflammation of the blood vessels in the brain

Potential symptoms

  • Pain felt in one or more regions of the head/face, including behind the eyes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Auras (visual symptoms)
  • Light or sound sensitivity
  • Altered consciousness or fever – seek prompt medical assistance

Recommended treatments

  • Medication
  • Psychological and physical therapy
  • Facet joint injections
  • Medial branch block injections
  • Radiofrequency neurotomies
  • Cervical epidural injection
  • Botulinum toxin injection
  • Spinal cord stimulation

QPain are actively involved in ongoing research and multi-centre clinical trials to ensure priority access to the latest therapies for our patients. We are at the forefront of advanced technology, including Spinal Cord Stimulation and Regenerative therapy, in the treatment of chronic pain.

Find out more about our advanced pain treatments and let us help you get back to living life. Call us or make an appointment today.

PAIN FACT

Headache and migraine sufferers who take medication to relieve their symptoms on a regular basis could cause an effect known as rebound headaches or chronic daily headache syndrome which can result from dependency on medication and ironically cause pain rather than relieve it.

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“It’s vital to work with a physician who specialises in pain medicine to help identify the source of your pain and develop the best method of treatment.”

Dr Frank Thomas