Background on Severe Headache or Migraine Pain
The current data shows that in America more than 37 million people suffer from severe headache or migraine pain. Some migraine studies estimate that 13 percent of adults in America suffer from severe headache pain and 2-3 million of these Americans suffer from chronic headaches. Some experts estimate that over 90% of the populations has experiences a severe headache at some time in their lives.
Causes of Severe Headache or Migraine Pain
There are many causes of headaches, some originating from the head its self, and others are refereed from upper back or the neck area. In the past scientist thought that migraines were caused by blood vessels within the brain. However, recent research has led physicians and scientists today to believe that the pain originates within the brain itself, involving various nerve pathways and the neurotransmitters within the brain.
Severe headache and migraine pain are classified as “Primary” or “Secondary” headaches. Primary headaches are not caused by disease or any underlying pathology which means that these headaches can be subdivided as Cluster, Migraine, or Tension headaches. Secondary headaches are associated with any pre-existing pathology which causes the pain. Examples can be as serious as a rupture of blood vessel in the brain or other less urgent but still debilitating conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome, Supraorbital/Infraorbital/Auriculotemporal Neuritis or occipital neuralgia.
Management of Severe Headache or Migraine Pain
If you’re experiencing any severe headache or migraine pain you need to visit an experienced pain management provider, who specializes in using a multimodal approach to treating your identified diagnosis. Comprehensive care should include, conservative and alternative (physical therapy, Chiropractic care, Acupuncture), psychological support, medication and interventional treatments. Treatments may also include preventive measures to help reduce the frequency and severity of the headache attacks. Common interventions include occipital simulation, facial stimulation, head/neck procedures, botox injections , etc.