The first step in caring for a tension-type headache involves treating any specific disorder or disease that may be causing it. For example, arthritis of the neck is treated with anti-inflammatory medication and temporomandibular joint dysfunction may be helped by corrective devices.
People of Arizona who have lived with chronic headaches, will be happy to learn over the past several years, headache treatment has made some great advances in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic headaches.
Research in pain relief therapy, TMJ and TMD, has assisted physicians, doctors and those providing orofacial pain treatment to help even those patients who feel that they have exhausted every treatment option.
Headaches can signal a more serious disorder that requires prompt medical care. Immediately call or see a physician if you or someone you’re with experience any of these symptoms:
- Sudden, severe headache that may be accompanied by a stiff neck.
- Severe headache accompanied by fever, nausea, or vomiting that is not related to another illness.
- “First” or “worst” headache, often accompanied by confusion, weakness, double vision, or loss of consciousness.
- Headache that worsens over days or weeks or has changed in pattern or behavior.
- Recurring headache in children.
- Headache following a head injury.
- Headache and a loss of sensation or weakness in any part of the body, which could be a sign of a stroke.
- Headache associated with convulsions.
- Headache associated with shortness of breath.
- Two or more headaches a week.
- Persistent headache in someone who has been previously headache-free, particularly in someone over age 50.
Headache and Sleep Disorders
Headaches are often a secondary symptom of a sleep disorder. For example, a tension-type headache is regularly seen in persons with insomnia or sleep-wake cycle disorders.
Getting the proper amount of sleep can ease headache pain. Generally, too little or too much sleep can worsen headaches, as can overuse of sleep medicines. Daytime naps often reduce deep sleep at night and can produce headaches in some adults.
source: National Institutes of Health