Headaches Specialist

Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists

Pain Management located in Chicago, IL & River Forest, IL

Everyone has the odd headache now and then, but headaches and migraines become a considerable and recurring burden for some people. If you're having severe headaches, Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists can help. With locations in the Northside of Chicago and western suburbs, including Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Lake View East, Ukrainian Village, Budlong Woods, Norwood Park West, Bucktown, Andersonville, River Forest, and Oak Park, Illinois, the team provides advanced treatment options for headaches and migraines, including Botox® injections and a comprehensive range of medications. Find treatment for your headaches by calling Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists or booking an appointment online.

Headaches Q & A

Why do I get headaches?

Headaches happen because the nerves in your head send pain messages to your brain. Sometimes the cause of this nerve activity is clear, for example, if you hit your head or you have blocked, swollen sinuses. However, many headaches occur for no obvious reason.

Headaches are often a symptom of various health problems, from flu and fevers to allergies, lack of sleep, and dehydration. Stress is one of the most common causes of regular headaches, triggered by tension in your neck and head muscles.

You can also get nerve pain that causes conditions like occipital neuralgia and trigeminal neuralgia, where nerves in your head suffer damage or dysfunction.

What are the different types of headaches?

There are over 150 different sorts of headaches, including:

  • Cluster headaches
  • Chronic daily headaches
  • Hemicrania continua
  • Hormone headaches
  • Rebound headaches
  • Ice pick headaches
  • Spinal headaches
  • Thunderclap headaches
  • Cervicogenic headaches

Migraines are one of the more severe types of headaches, causing such intense pain in your head that you're unable to do anything for several hours and sometimes longer. 

Before or during a migraine, you could suffer from nausea and vomiting, visual disturbances like swirling shapes or spots before your eyes, fatigue, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision.

What can I do about my headaches?

If you know the cause of your headaches, you may be able to take steps to prevent them from happening. For instance, managing your stress should reduce tension headaches, while drinking plenty of water prevents dehydration.

Lifestyle changes are often helpful, too, including eating a healthy diet, exercising more, and getting the right amount of good quality sleep. If your headaches are frequent or severe, then the Stellar Pain and Spine team offers a range of effective treatments that can help.

How are headaches treated?

Your provider at Stellar Pain and Spine might use a combination of treatments to address your headaches. Potential therapies include:

  • Muscle relaxant medication
  • Relaxation and biofeedback
  • Blood pressure medication
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Medical Botox® injections
  • Electrical and magnetic pulse technologies
  • Triptans
  • Ergotamine and caffeine
  • Anti-nausea medicine
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Beta-blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors
  • Steroid trigger point injections

To benefit from the Stellar Pain and Spine team's expertise in treating headaches and migraines, call or book an appointment online today.