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Stoneleigh Medical Group

Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine located in Brewster, NY & Jefferson Valley, NY

Few things can change a normal day faster than a headache. The internal medicine team at Stoneleigh Medical Group offers full diagnostic and treatment services for headaches and helps patients find the relief they need to focus on their responsibilities and enjoy their daily routines. If you suffer from frequent or severe headaches, schedule an appointment to begin a customized treatment path. Call the office in Carmel, Brewster, Pawling, or Jefferson Valley, New York, to check availability, or use the simple online booking tool.

Headaches Q&A

What are headaches?

Headaches are very common, and everyone experiences head pain at various points throughout life. However, if you have severe headaches that occur very frequently, it’s important to seek medical treatment.

There are two types of headaches: primary and secondary. Primary headaches occur due to issues with the nerves, muscles, or blood vessels within your head. Secondary headaches occur due to outside conditions that stimulate the nerves in your head.

What are some common headaches?

There are nearly 150 different types of headaches, but these are some of the more common:

Tension headaches

These common headaches occur from time to time and can cause mild to moderate pain felt in the forehead, back of the head, or neck. They usually show no additional symptoms other than head pain.

Sinus headaches

This sometimes severe head pain often happens behind your face, in the area of your sinus cavities. Sinus infections cause sinus headaches, and you may note yellow, green, or even pink-tinged nasal drainage along with head pain.

Migraine headaches

These headaches can be very intense and are often accompanied by sensitivity to light, sounds, or smells. You may also feel dizzy or nauseous during migraines or have trouble sleeping.

Cluster headaches

These headaches cause intense, burning, or piercing pain, often felt behind or near one eye. You may experience red eyes, tearing, or nasal drainage. The headaches often occur in groups or clusters, which can last for weeks or even months.

When should I see a doctor for my headaches?

When head pain interferes with your daily life, it’s time to look into diagnostic and treatment options with Stoneleigh Medical Group. You should also seek medical care right away if any of these symptoms are present with headaches:

  • Stiff neck
  • Difficulty with walking or balance
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Speech problems
  • Confusion or other cognitive issues
  • Fever greater than 102°

How are headaches treated?

Your Stoneleigh Medical Group physician begins with a thorough exam and health history to determine the cause and type of your headaches, allowing them to create a customized treatment plan for you.

Medication can help with headaches. Options include serotonin receptor agonists, antidepressants, beta-blockers, anti-epileptic drugs, and medical marijuana. All medications come with a risk of side effects, and your provider works with you to understand the pros and cons of each option.

Schedule an appointment with the team at Stoneleigh Medical Group by calling the office or requesting one online today.