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Neurology

Chronic Headaches and Migraines

Anyone who’s experienced lasting or reoccurring headaches knows the burden it can have on their quality of life. There are four main types of headaches: tension headache, migraine, cluster headache, and rebound headache. Ogden Clinic’s neurology experts are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of every headache type. Don’t suffer another day – schedule a visit to Ogden Clinic and start relieving your chronic headache today.

Tension Headache

The most common type of headache is tension headache, which affects about 75% of headache patients. This headache is characterized by steady ache that affects both sides of the head. Tension headache can be caused by stress and may occur frequently (called chronic tension headache) or temporarily.

Migraine Headache

Although migraines are less common than tension headaches, they still affect more than 25 million people in the United States. What distinguishes migraines from other headaches is that the “throbbing feeling” affects only one side of the head. Other symptoms of a migraine include:

  • Disturbed vision
  • Light sensitivity or seeing an aura
  • Nausea with or without vomiting

Rebound Headache

Many of us reach for pain relievers when we start to feel a headache. If you do not follow the instructions on the bottle or from your doctor, rebound headache may occur. Rebound headache happens when prescription or over-the-counter medication is overused or used improperly. The body experiences withdrawal from medication, causing another headache.

Cluster Headache

Cluster headaches are rare and 85% of sufferers are male. The pain of a cluster headache is very severe but short-lived, lasting no more than a couple of hours. People experience this headache in ‘clusters’ that range from weeks to months. Nasal congestion and pain centered around one eye are indicators of a cluster headache.

Headache Diagnosis and Treatment

Depending on the type and severity of your headache, there are numerous treatments available. Specialists at Ogden Clinic also use several different delivery methods of medication including oral tablets, nasal sprays, and even injections. When it comes to the treatment and prevention of severe headaches, we are experts. Give Ogden Clinic a call today to schedule an appointment.