What are we able to treat?
Tension-type headache (TTH)
TTH is another common primary headache, which can be difficult to treat. Unlike a migraine, it is not associated with other symptoms like nausea or intolerance to bright light. The pain often presents itself as a pressure or tightness around the head. The headache may last for many hours and may not respond to usual painkillers. Sometimes they can become chronic and occur on a daily basis for weeks or even months at a time.
Medication overuse headache
Medication overuse headache is the third most common cause of headaches after migraine and tension-type headaches. Medication overuse headache typically occurs in patients with an underlying headache disorder such as migraines or tension headaches that transforms over time from an episodic condition to a chronic daily headache which is made worse by the repeated intake of acute headache relief medications.
This type of headache is less common. Caused by an underlying structural problem in the head or neck, they can often be successfully treated when diagnosed early. There are numerous causes for this type of headache including arthritis in the neck, problems with inflammation or damage to blood vessels; rarely can they be caused by more serious pathology such as tumours. An important part of your consultation will be to exclude any serious underlying cause.