Headache

Find Relief from Migraines in our Pain Management Clinics

There are multiple types of headaches, as well as different causes. Most headaches can be eliminated with medication, but others are persistent and affect your quality of life. To give you an appropriate diagnosis, we recommend you to keep a diary of your symptoms, including potential triggers, frequency, duration, etc. We can help you alleviate migraine pain in our management clinic.

Common causes
Some of them are stress, environmental factors, dehydration, hormone fluctuations, and medical conditions.

Different categories
The most common types of headaches are migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches.

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What Types of Headaches are There?

Migraine
An intense pain on one side of the head. It also produces sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and loss of appetite.

Tension headache
Pressure around the forehead or in the back of the head. It’s produced by stress, dehydration, or hormones.

Cluster headache
Centers on the area around or behind the eye and lasts about 90 minutes. It usually appears in periods.

Treating Headaches and Migraines With Nerve Blocks

Based on your diagnosis, one of our pain doctors will recommend a specific treatment for you. Nerve blocks are one of the procedures that we use to treat migraines in our pain management clinics. Therapeutic nerve blocks consist of injecting a local anesthetic to control pain around a specific nerve or group of nerves.

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Important Facts About Nerve Blocks

Procedure

Performed using a local anesthetic, so you don’t feel any pain.

Frequency

You may repeat this procedure several times, depending on your medical history.

Benefits

Nerve blocks allow you to have a normal, painless life.

FAQ About Nerve Blocks for Headaches

Which types of headache can be treated with nerve blocks?


We can use nerve blocks to treat migraines, cluster headaches, and other types of chronic pain, like occipital neuralgia.

How can nerve blocks help manage severe headaches?


Nerve blocks are often used to stop migraines and other types of pain.

We call this an abortive therapy because it stops the pain from developing when you need a fast and effective solution. This is a short procedure that provides quick relief from migraines and other types of headaches, and the effect can last for weeks and even months. It can also be used to prevent pain from emerging.

We often use peripheral nerve blocks to treat different types of headaches. These nerve blocks target the nerves outside the skull (peripheral nerves), making them numb. This way, we can stop them from delivering pain signals to the brain, providing relief almost immediately.

I suffer from constant, severe headaches. Am I a good candidate for nerve blocks?


Usually, doctors recommend nerve blocks when patients can’t find relief in conventional therapies, like off-the-counter medicines.

However, your doctor will determine if nerve blocks are the best treatment for you. If you’ve had brain surgeries, or if you’ve had bad experiences with nerve blocks in the past, you should inform your pain specialist.

Are nerve blocks effective in treating severe headaches?


Most people can benefit from nerve blocks. The majority of patients experience significant pain relief that can last for several weeks. Some of them decide to repeat nerve blocks every few weeks to prevent pain from occurring.

Nevertheless, responses vary in each patient. The duration of pain relief can also be different.

Does this procedure require preparation?


There is no need for preparation before a nerve block procedure.

How long does it take to start working?


Some patients experience an instantaneous effect, for others, it can take a week. Everybody responds differently to nerve blocks.

Remember this is a temporary solution for pain.

How many times can I repeat this procedure?


This depends on your medical history. You can discuss the number of injections you may receive with your pain doctor.


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