The Worst Kinds of Headaches
If you are having frequent headaches, your last one may have been your worst. And you probably wish it were your last. Here are a few types of headaches that are particularly painful.
Migraines are a severe headache that can occur on one side of the head, face or eyes. They can manifest in “clusters” or be very far apart. These headaches are often accompanied by nausea and vomiting and the person can be sensitive to lights. Foods and chemicals often “trigger” this type of a headache and they can run in families.
TMJ headaches come from the misalignment of the jaw, causing muscular problems on the face. These are usually around the temples and can be dull or sharp. Sometimes the jaw hurts as well, but not always.
Sinus and allergic headaches occur around the face and the person feels a lot of pressure. Taking something to reduce the pressure works well, but the results are temporary and for long-term relief, we look for the underlying cause. Many times it is a food.
To find out what type of a headache you have, we look at the symptoms, when the headaches occur, what happened 24 hours before a headache came on, etc. Keeping a Food Diary can really help us see if there are any triggers or common factors causing your headaches.
Once you have isolated the types of headaches you have and any triggers, you can start resolving them.
The next step is for you to have an evaluation. In our office, we do a history of your condition and a physical examination. We check the nerves in the skull and body, balance and coordination, spinal flexibility and joint motion, muscular quality, the jaws and then the health of the organs that often produce headaches: the adrenals, liver and digestive system.
Once we identify what your body needs, a program is designed to help you heal. This may include spinal alignments, detoxifying your body, getting your jaw or sinuses cleared up, and identifying and avoiding food triggers and allergic foods.
Give us a call and make an appointment. We’ll get you started on the road to wellness!