Headache Clinic

A headache can be mostly defined as a throbbing pain in your head. The pain can be localised in some cases, whereas at numerous times the same is disabling and can affect the entire brain. Headaches are the major cause of disability all across the world. Headache can also be a major symptom associated with an ailment – sore throat, flu or in some cases it can be associated with major issues such as brain tumour. . Migraine is more prevalent than asthma and diabetes combined, affecting as many as 50 million Indians – around 3 million of them chronically.

Paras Patna has a specialised clinic to address your headaches and provide you assistance to diagnose and treat the same. The team of specialists help in diagnosing the underlying cause or the trigger point that is responsible for headaches. Paras Patna has a team of neurologists, Interventional pain specialists, physical therapists and pain psychologists to address your headache issues.

Types of Headaches:

Depending on the severity and the trigger points, headaches can be of the following types:

  • Migraine Headaches: Headaches are moderate to severe, often one-sided and throbbing. They can be associated with nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to lights and sounds.
  • Tension headaches: Headache are dull, mild to moderate and affect both sides of the head.
  • Cluster headaches: Headaches are just on one side of the head. They are very severe and can occur up to eight times a day but last less than four hours.
  • Trigeminal neuralgia: A facial pain condition that causes episodes of intense facial pain along the trigeminal nerve branches.

Please note that if you are experiencing headache for more than 2 weeks on regular basis, it is important that you visit a specialist – a general physician or a neurologist at the earliest.

If you are experiencing severe symptoms and if the same is limiting your life and your daily routine, you need to see a doctor. If you are experiencing any of the following, it is best that you call ambulance or visit a specialist:

  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Numbness and disorientation
  • Trouble speaking and walking

See a doctor if you experience headaches that:

  • Occur more often than usual
  • Are more severe than usual
  • Worsen or don’t improve with appropriate use of over-the-counter drugs
  • Keep you from working, sleeping or participating in normal activities
  • Cause you distress, and you would like to find treatment options that enable you to control them better

Depending on the types of the causes and the triggers causing the same, headaches can be bifurcated into two categories- primary and secondary.

Primary Headaches: These headaches are a result of the pain sensitive mechanism of the head, muscles and the nerves. It can also be caused due to the chemical activity in the brain. The common causes due to which headache can occur are: temperature or pressure changes in the head, pain in the scalp, physical exertion or lack of sleep.

Secondary Headaches: These are headaches that are caused due to the changes in the external environment. These can have adverse effects causing headaches.

  • Blood clots
  • Brain freeze – due to low temperatures
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Influenza or any other disease related where headache is a symptom
  • Dehydration
  • Panic attack
  • Stroke and other neurological ailments
  • Ear infections, etc

Paras Patna has a well developed clinic to address your headache issues. The clinic is supported by a team of reputed neurologists, pain management experts and nutrition experts that help in diagnosing the trigger points and formulating clinical protocols to manage the reaction and control headaches.

The clinic may also recommend that you record your headaches as per the date and time to understand the severity and timings of the same. This is done in the form of headache diary.

Episodic Tension-Type Headache:

Episodic tension-type headache is the most common type of headache. It is self-limiting and non-disabling, so manage by providing information, reassurance and symptomatic relief as needed. This is the usual type of headache that you normally experience. It can be triggered due to simple issues such as lack of sleep or rest. To subside this headache, it is best to take a routine over the counter medication and rest. Opting for relaxation techniques –  massage, stretching or postural correction can also help. Stress management can also play a major role.

Migraines:

Compared with episodic tension-type headache, migraine is less common. Migraines however play a major role in affecting lives and causing disability. They may be triggered due to simple weather changes or due to loud sounds or noises. It is best to sleep in dark room and rest your body to get relief from his headache.

Cluster headaches:

Cluster headache is rare and seen mainly in males. Cluster headache pain is severe, causing significant disability during the cluster period, and expensive to treat. Acute treatment needs to relieve symptoms quickly because cluster headache has a rapid onset and a short time to peak intensity.

OPD Timings:

Headache Clinic Mon to Sat 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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