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Headache care and preventing the next one

Headaches affect everyone from time to time, and most can be relieved with rest and an over-the-counter pain medication. However, millions of Americans suffer from headache conditions that do not respond to at-home treatment or that occur frequently, impacting their ability to go about their daily life. That’s when it’s important to seek care to find out what is causing the headache and develop a strategy for managing them.

Often, patients—and even some healthcare professionals—may use the term “migraine” to describe a reoccurring headache condition. But there are many types of migraines, many possible causes and many treatment options that need the care of a headache expert like those on staff at Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Finding the cause of a headache

 

There are a wide variety of potential triggers for frequent headaches or migraines

Uncovering a trigger—whether it’s environmental, hormonal or some other type—can go a long way in addressing the issue.

Triggers can include:

  • Stress
  • Medications/overusing certain medications
  • Certain foods
  • Too much caffeine or alcohol
  • Sleep problems
  • Food additives like nitrates and sulfates
  • Intense workouts
  • Staring at a screen
  • Weather
  • Previous head injury

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Headache types and treatments

There are dozens of different types of headaches and migraines, but they generally fall into one of four categories:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Sinus headaches
  • Tension headaches​
  • Cluster headaches

The headache experts on the Baylor Scott & White medical staff have been trained in comprehensive headache care and use a detailed patient history and examination, along with advanced technologies, to help determine the cause, type and way forward for headache relief. 

Sometimes, the solutions are relatively simple, but often, managing a headache condition involves a variety of approaches that must be balanced.

Headache treatment approaches

  • Diet changes
  • Exercise
  • Herbal remedies
  • Stress management
  • Medications
  • Rest in a quiet, dark environment
  • Avoid known triggers, such as certain foods and beverages, lack of sleep and fasting
  • Biofeedback
  • Psychiatry
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Sleep medicine evaluation
  • Physical/occupational therapy
  • Individual/group therapy
  • Injections, including Botox, nerve blocks and trigger point injections

Specialized centers

For patients who need even more advanced headache care, Baylor Scott & White Health offers three specialized centers in DFW, Austin and the Temple/Waco area.

Baylor Scott & White Clinic - Round Rock 300 University
Headache specialists in Round Rock provide comprehensive headache services with no need to outsource to other facilities. Not all neurologists use a multidisciplinary approach to headaches, which is key to proper treatment.
Baylor Scott & White Clinic - Temple
Headache specialists in Temple provide comprehensive headache services with no need to outsource to other facilities. Not all neurologists use a multidisciplinary approach to headaches, which is key to proper treatment.
Baylor University Medical Center's Headache Center
Baylor University Medical Center's Headache Center provides diagnosis and treatment to help people who experience severe headaches regain a better quality of life
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