Headache is one of the most known human beings’ complaints throughout history and has been reported in different forms or shapes in ancient books. In modern life, headache has become a more serious complaint due to lifestyle changes, and it’s become even more common after the recent pandemic that has added up to already existing stressful life. 

It’s estimated that more than 50% of people experience at least one headache episode in each given year. However, studies have shown that close to 15% of the general population suffers from chronic headaches, which are characterized by headaches more days than none. This is twice as common in women than in men. It is estimated that in more than 50% of patients with chronic headaches, it becomes quite debilitating and severely interferes with everyday life. 

Fortunately, while acute headaches may be caused by dangerous secondary conditions requiring immediate medical attention, most chronic headaches are called primary headaches, which means there is no dangerous cause. There are many different types of these primary headaches, such as the followings:

•          MIGRAINE HEADACHE

•          CHRONIC TENSION-TYPE HEADACHE

•          POST-CONCUSSION HEADACHE AND TBI

•          CLUSTER HEADACHE

•          OCCIPITAL NEURALGIA

•          TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA

•          HEMICRANIA CONTINUA

Since chronic headache is the second leading cause of disability, proper treatment will significantly change patients’ lives and help them return to everyday life.

Is headache a disabling disease?

Migraine headache is a chronic condition that has a significant negative impact on a patient’s life. According to a study published in Lancet Neuro in 2018, more than half of the patients with chronic headaches require bed rest during their headaches. Because of this, Migraine Headache is the SECOND leading cause of disability.

Why is headache disabling?

Migraine headaches usually occur as episodic attacks, and each attack has four different phases of variable durations. These phases include: Prodrome, Aura, Headache, Postdrome. These 4 phases altogether may take up to 7 days. During these seven days, the person is partially or totally non-functional due to fatigue, irritability, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise, insomnia, inability to concentrate, and many other similar symptoms. Most patients with chronic headaches experience several attacks each month. Therefore, even with two attacks in a month, that person is non-functional or disabled for 14 days each month. This means that even in the best-case scenario, a patient with chronic headache is disabled for 50% of their life, which is very frustrating.

Do all types of headaches explained above have the same pattern?

While each type of headache, in the beginning, has its own characteristic, according to the International Headache Society, over a long time, many of these different types transform into other types and turn into a mixed type of headaches that has pretty much a similar pattern of disabling course that was explained above.

What treatment options are available for headaches?

There are different kinds of treatment that physicians have used for many years. These include medications and injections such as Nerve Block injections and Botox injections.

What is BOTOX for Headache treatment?

Botox with the medical name Onabotulinumtoxin-A is one of the botulinum neurotoxins (biologic products) produced by various strains of a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. Most people know Botox as an injection into the skin for cosmetic purposes. However, BOTOX has been studied and proven to be a very effective treatment for different types of headaches, including migraine headaches.

Who can provide the Nerve Blocks and Botox injections for Headache treatment?

As opposed to Botox injections for cosmetic purposes, Botox Injections for Headache Treatment have to be given by a physician specializing in assessing and treating headaches. The best specialist for this treatment is a pain physician specialist who is trained to do both Nerve Blocks and Botox injections for Headache treatment. Some Chronic Pain Specialist Physicians have a special interest and experience in Head and Face treatment. These physicians are the best to provide these injections.

What other treatment is available for headaches?

Stress usually causes a lot of tension in the body and is one of the major triggering factors for a Headache attack. Functional Medicine and NEUROFEEDBACK significantly reduce stress by balancing internal chemical composition and retuning the nerves inside the brain, and managing body tension.