It's normal to get headaches from time to time, whether it’s because you’re tired or stressed out. However, if you begin to suffer from daily or chronic headaches, then it’s time to see a doctor to check for any underlying medical conditions. There are a variety of causes of headaches, such as dehydration, medication side effects, migraines, tumors, infections, and more. It’s best to determine if all you need is medication to alleviate your symptoms, or if you need more extensive treatment for related health problems.
GuruMD offers walk-in appointments and online consultations for headaches, giving you the chance to speak with a board-certified professional about your symptoms. Here are some basic facts about headaches and how GuruMD can help.
What Is a Headache?
A headache occurs when you feel severe pain in any location of the head. It can be unilateral, bilateral, or in an isolated region. It can result in a sharp, dull, or throbbing sensation of pain, and it can radiate from one side of the head to another.
A headache can develop suddenly or gradually. It may last for less than an hour or as long as several days. A headache is usually caused by dilation of the blood vessels running towards the brain. This will result in high blood flow to the head, leading to an accumulation of fluid and build-up of pressure.
Symptoms of a Headache
Headaches can have associated symptoms of:
- Pain in the head or eyes
- Tight and band-like sensation around the head.
How Does GuruMD Treat A Headache?
At GuruMD, we offer urgent care and online consultations for patients with a headache. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of a headache, contact us to speak with a medical provider online or visit us in person for a walk-in.
Our board-certified professionals will talk to you about the specifics of your headaches, then reach a conclusion about next steps and potential diagnoses. They will help you determine if other medical conditions like neurological issues or infections may be a factor. The doctor may initiate a CT scan or MRI to check for potential tumors or abscess in the brain. They may also conduct a psychological evaluation to make sure that the headache is not a symptom of a mental disorder.
The provider will also check the medication list to ensure that it is not a result of drug side effects. If all the underlying issues such as seizures, anxiety, depression, hypertension, tumors, infection, and other possible ailments are ruled out, then the provider can prescribe some painkillers like ibuprofen, NSAID, or acetaminophen to see if that helps.
If the painkillers don’t work, the doctor will prescribe Sumatriptan medication to slightly constrict the blood vessels running to the brain. This will reduce fluid accumulation and pressure. The doctor may also prescribe prophylactic treatment, such as topiramate, beta-blockers, or other drugs to reduce the reoccurrence of a headache.
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