Headache care and preventing the next one

Headaches affect everyone from time to time. Most types of headaches can be relieved with rest and an over-the-counter pain medication, but millions of Americans suffer from headache symptoms that do not respond to at-home treatment or that occur frequently. These headache symptoms impact the ability to go about their daily life. That’s when it’s important to seek care to find out what is causing the headache and develop a strategy for managing them.

Often, patients—and even some healthcare professionals—may use the term “migraine” to describe a reoccurring headache condition. But there are many types of migraines, many possible causes and many treatment options that need the care of a headache expert like those on staff at Baylor Scott & White Health.

What causes headaches?

There are a wide variety of potential triggers for frequent headaches or migraines. Uncovering a headache trigger—whether it’s environmental, hormonal or some other type—can go a long way in addressing the issue.

Triggers can include:
  • Stress
  • Medications/Overusing certain medications
  • Certain foods
  • Too much caffeine or alcohol
  • Sleep problems
  • Food additives like nitrates and sulfates
  • Intense workouts
  • Staring at a screen
  • Weather
  • Previous head injury

Types of headaches and treatments

There are dozens of different types of headaches and migraines, but they generally fall into one of four categories:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Sinus headaches
  • Tension headaches
  • Cluster headaches

The headache experts across Texas on the Baylor Scott & White medical staff have been trained in comprehensive headache care and use a detailed patient history and examination, along with advanced technologies, to help determine the cause, type and way forward for headache relief. 

Sometimes, the solutions are relatively simple, but often, managing headache symptoms involves a variety of approaches that must be balanced. Headache treatment options may include:

  • Diet changes
  • Ejercicio
  • Herbal remedies
  • Manejo del estrés
  • Medications
  • Rest in a quiet, dark environment
  • Avoid known triggers, such as certain foods and beverages, lack of sleep and fasting
  • Biofeedback
  • Psiquiatría
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Sleep medicine evaluation
  • Physical/occupational therapy
  • Individual/group therapy
  • Injections, including Botox, nerve blocks and trigger point injections

Specialized centers

Baylor Scott & Clínica Blanca - Round Rock 300 Universidad

300 University Blvd
Building A
Round Rock, TX 78665

512.509.0200

Headache specialists in Round Rock provide comprehensive headache services with no need to outsource to other facilities. Not all neurologists use a multidisciplinary approach to headaches, which is key to proper treatment.

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Baylor Scott & White Clinic - Temple

2401 S 31st St
Temple, TX 76508

254.724.4179

Headache specialists in Temple provide comprehensive headache services with no need to visit other facilities. Not every  neurologist has access to a multidisciplinary team approach to headache treatment, which is key to proper care.

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Baylor University Medical Center's Headache Center

3500 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75246

214.820.0111

The Headache Center at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas provides diagnosis and treatment to help people who experience severe headaches regain a better quality of life.

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