Chronic headaches cause you to feel tired, irritable, and disengaged from the activities that you enjoy. Texas Pain Institute offers interventional pain management services for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake, and the nearby areas of Texas who live with chronic headaches, including migraines.
What Are Chronic Headaches?
Chronic headaches differ from the occasional tension or sinus headache in the severity of the pain, as well as the secondary effects of the condition. Chronic headaches, including migraines, often originate in the nerve that runs from the back of your neck into the scalp area. You may experience fatigue, visual disturbance, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, problems concentrating, and other symptoms.
Do I Have Chronic Headaches?
Chronic headaches are diagnosed based upon the type of discomfort, frequency of the headaches, and how the condition affects your quality of life. Migraines are the most recognizable type of chronic head. Headaches are considered chronic if you have pain:
- Two weeks each month or every 48 hours, and
- Over the course of at least six months
You may describe the pain as throbbing, sharp, dull, or aching. When you have a chronic headache, it may make you have less energy and you may not be able to perform any normal activities, including eating, sleeping, or getting out of bed. Some patients also experience a sensitivity to light and sound.
What Are the Benefits of Treatment for Headaches?
The goal of our interventional pain management therapies is to reduce how often you have headaches, as well as how the headaches disrupt your life and primary treatment. We may recommend a single interventional treatment or a combination of interventions.
How Are Headaches Treated?
- Injections that contain numbing agents and steroids for any inflammation
- Occipital nerve blocks to prevent pain signals from the nerve that starts at the back of the neck and extends into the scalp
What Should I Expect After Treatment for Headaches?
No downtime is needed, and you may have an immediate improvement over your chronic headache pain. Some of the treatments take some time, and you may not know if the therapy works until you have not had a headache for one or two months. In some cases, the headaches do return, and we perform additional treatments until chronic headaches and migraines no longer interrupt your enjoyment of life.
Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team of pain specialty physicians offer interventional pain management for chronic headaches and migraines to help residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake, and the surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.