Many people don't know that their headaches may be related to their tinnitus. Headaches are a common occurrence regardless of age or gender. They typically appear when nerve interactions send pain signals to the brain. The intensity and duration of your headache may vary depending on its root cause.
Constant headaches can have a severe toll on your health, daily activities, and lifestyle. When this is combined with the presence of tinnitus, it can make matters much worse.
At NeuroMed, your healthcare provider will assess you and help identify the type of headache you are experiencing and the best treatment option for it. Most chronic headaches respond well to our Integrative Neurosensory Rehabilitation (INR) approach.
Headaches vary in intensity and symptoms depending on their kind and cause.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, and they typically occur when the neck and scalp muscles contract. Common causes for tension headaches can include stress, poor posture, or eye strain.
The following signs are characteristic of tension headaches:
- Constant, dull pain in both sides of the head
- Feeling pressure or tightness all around the head
- Mild to moderate symptoms
- Movement does not ease the pain
- It can last from 20 minutes to several days
Once a headache develops into severe throbbing pain, it's called a migraine. It's related to multiple factors, including hormonal changes, reactions to some foods, sleep deprivation, and stress.
Some of the most common signs of a migraine include:
- Severe throbbing pain in one side of the head
- Sensitivity to light and/or sounds
- It can last from a few hours to several days
Although cluster headaches aren’t as common, they can severely affect your overall well-being. Lifestyle factors like heavy drinking and smoking or environmental factors like extreme temperatures tend to cause this type of headache.
Some of the most common signs of cluster headaches include:
- Severe pain in one side of the head
- Pulsating pain that surrounds the eyes
- Nose irritation
Cervicogenic headaches arise from issues in the cervical spine. Injuries to the neck, poor posture, and correlated conditions like disc degeneration, herniated discs, arthritis, or spinal stenosis may be underlying causes of cervicogenic headaches. Cervico genic headaches can also occur sometimes due to the same things that cause a migraine. This happens because the nerve cells involved with migraine also interact with the cells that are involved with neck muscle tension.
Some of the most common signs of cervicogenic headaches include:
- Steady pain on one side of the head that starts from the neck and progresses to the forehead
- Limited neck mobility
- Pain that increases with certain positions
Post-traumatic headaches develop after traumatic injuries to the head or neck, such as a concussion or whiplash. They can occur immediately after an injury or may develop days or weeks later.
Some common signs of post-traumatic headaches include:
- A dull and throbbing sensation, usually on one side of the head
- Moderate to severe intensity
- Sensitivity to light, sound, and smell
- Nausea and vomiting
- Worsening pain with physical activity
Long COVID refers to the lingering symptoms that may remain long after the acute COVID infection has passed. Persistent headaches are one of the most commonly reported symptoms of long COVID.
Some patients report migraine or tension headaches, while others describe a persistent headache lasting for days or weeks.
Other symptoms that may arise along with these headaches include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleep problems
- Change in smell or taste
- Depression or anxiety
During the diagnosis process, we begin by discussing your symptoms, medical history, current medications, and any other health concerns. Once this information has been gathered, you may be directed to imaging or other studies such as sleep studies.
A wide range of conditions can cause chronic headaches and migraine. When the underlying cause for your headaches is more complex, MRI studies and other tests may be needed to ensure a proper diagnosis.
Chronic headaches tend to develop because of signal interactions that are sent to the brain, leading to throbbing and dull pain. Rehabilitation may involve a rewiring process in your brain that will help to block these nerve signals causing pain. NeuroMed’s integrative approach helps with this by employing a combination of techniques.
Targeted medications, nutritional supplements, behavioral therapies, and lifestyle changes all play an essential role in your recovery.
We may prescribe medications to alleviate your migraine symptoms, depending on your case. These medications are specifically designed to mitigate the brain issues that cause the sensitivity of the nerve that produces the pain. Modifying the neurotransmitters can help restore balance and reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches.
Alternative medicine tends to use non-opiate medications to help reduce the triggering of pain signals that cause headaches. This approach can encompass various techniques, including nutraceuticals, mindfulness practice, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
All alternative medicine therapies we use are scientifically validated and backed by clinical evidence.
Sometimes, simple lifestyle adjustments can contribute to managing migraine symptoms. Our team at NeuroMed Virtual Clinic can help you through the following modifications needed to optimize your health:
- Dietary changes
- Physical exercise
- Sleep optimization
- Stress-release techniques
- Avoidance of triggers like caffeine, alcohol, and other triggering foods
To offer our patients a comprehensive treatment plan, our providers integrate wellness coaching into their treatment sessions with you. Our programs are designed to equip our patients with the best tools to achieve optimal health.
Our integrative approach combines traditional and alternative medicine with wellness coaching and lifestyle therapy. Through this holistic perspective, we work to alleviate the chronic headaches and migraine that may be associated with your tinnitus to help you regain your well-being.
To schedule an appointment at NeuroMed, call us at 1-888-226-6330 or request an appointment online.