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Headache Overview
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Headache Overview – Colorado Headache Treatments

What is a Headache?

Headaches are still something medical experts are struggling to fully understand. Simply defined, a headache is pain in the head, face, or upper neck area. Despite how it may feel, a headache is not pain in your brain, as the brain is incapable of feeling pain.

There are numerous types of headaches, and while we have some idea as to what causes many of them, the exact reason people experience headaches is unknown. At the Interventional Headache Center of Colorado, we take a holistic, therapeutic approach to headache treatment. Headaches are rarely, if ever, a life-threatening condition, meaning we can take the time to treat the pain and symptoms of a headache while working to find and address the problem at its source.

Types of Headaches

Headaches take many forms, each with different possible causes, pain levels, and symptoms. We treat all types of headaches, including:

  • Cervicogenic– These headaches radiate pain from the back of the neck. It may seem similar to a Migraine, but the key difference is that patients are dealing with side-locked unilateral pain, meaning the pain is always confined to one side of the head and never changes.
  • Cluster – These are recurring headaches that strike in “clusters” throughout the day. These attacks can strike numerous times throughout the day for weeks or even entire months. Many people experience them around the same time period each year.
  • Medication Overuse – If used improperly, medication can end up causing chronic headaches. These chronic headaches can actually result from overusing headache treatment medication, and the resulting chronic headaches tend to be much worse than what the patient was dealing with before.
  • Migraine – This is an extremely common type of severe headache. Pain from migraines can be so intense that the patient might have a difficult time getting out of bed. You may experience additional symptoms such as nausea and light sensitivity. While the cause of migraines is still unknown, there are numerous therapeutic treatment options available.
  • Tension – Tension headaches are the most common primary headache disorder. During these attacks, you will feel a dull pain or “tight” feeling around your head. Many patients have described the experience as similar to having a tight band or clamp squeezing their head.