Headache Specialist

Personal Primary Care

Internal Medicine & Internists located in Springfield, MA & East Longmeadow, MA

Everyone experiences occasional head pain, but when headaches get in the way of your regular routines, it’s time to schedule an appointment at Personal Primary Care. Talal Khan, MD, and his team help men and women from in and around Springfield, Massachusetts, find lasting relief from persistent headaches. For a thorough diagnostic workup and a customized treatment plan, schedule an appointment online or call the office today.

Headache Q & A

What are some common headache types?

There are more than 100 types of headaches, but most fall under several common varieties.

Tension headaches

This is the most common type of head pain and is marked by mild to moderate pain that worsens and improves over time. Tension headaches have no further symptoms.

Cluster headaches

These headaches tend to occur in groups or clusters. The pain is sharp and severe and may be described as burning or piercing. Additional symptoms include eye tearing, stuffy or runny nose, and redness in the eye.

Migraine headaches

Migraines bring intense, throbbing or pounding types of pain. They often bring on sensitivity to light, sound, or scent. Accompanying symptoms include stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting.

Sinus headaches

Sinus headaches are characterized by persistent, deep pain in the forehead, cheekbones, or the bridge of your nose. Sinus symptoms like swelling and runny nose are often involved.

What causes headaches?

Primary headaches occur due to chemical or structural issues in your head. Causes may include:

  • Stress
  • Certain foods
  • Sleep positioning
  • Alcohol
  • Poor posture
  • Skipping meals

Secondary headaches occur due to an underlying medical condition. Causes may include:

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Ear infection
  • Glaucoma
  • Aneurysm
  • Brain tumor
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Panic attack

As you can see, many different things can contribute to headaches, which is why it’s so important to work with an experienced physician to get to the bottom of your head pain.

How are headaches treated?

The first step in treating headaches is determining the cause of the issue. Once your provider at Personal Primary Care has identified the factors that contribute to your headaches, they create an individualized care plan.

Medication can help relieve headaches but should be used in moderation to avoid side effects or rebound headaches. Be sure to discuss your use of over-the-counter pain medications during your appointment, as these drugs can also have troublesome side effects.

Proper diagnostics are essential, as headaches are sometimes a sign of severe disease. In some cases, immediate hospitalization is required to address the underlying issue.

For others, a combination of lifestyle modification and self-care is enough to reduce headaches. Dietary changes, stress reduction, improving workplace ergonomics, and even buying a new pillow can all help relieve head pain.

To learn more about the source of your headaches and the appropriate treatment path, schedule an appointment at Personal Primary Care today.