Headaches and Migraines Specialist

Pain Management located in Colorado Springs, CO
Headaches and Migraines

Headaches and Migraines services offered in Colorado Springs, CO


Headaches are common, and not everyone with head pain needs pain management. However, if you have recurring headaches or migraines, Helen-Elena Emegbagha, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, and the team at Colorado Pain Relief of Colorado Springs, can help. The pain management clinic takes a holistic and comprehensive approach to headaches and migraines, creating plans that benefit your overall health. To learn more about the help available for headaches and migraines, call the office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, or schedule an appointment online today.

Headaches and Migraines Q&A

What are headaches and migraines?

Headaches include any condition that causes head pain, while migraines are a specific type of headache. Headaches are a common painful condition, but most people have mild pain that responds well to rest and over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication.

However, some people suffer from chronic headaches, such as:

Migraines

Migraines are a type of recurring headache that causes a throbbing sensation on one side of the head. People with migraines may also have other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light.

Cluster headaches

Cluster headaches cause severe stabbing pain behind one eye. The pain comes in clusters, up to eight times a day, and lasts weeks or months.

Chronic tension headaches

Chronic tension headaches cause mild to moderate head pain several times a month. 

Who needs pain management for headaches and migraines?

Anyone suffering from recurring or chronic headaches or migraines needs pain management. These types of painful conditions may not respond well to OTC treatment. Or your regular use of pain medication may worsen your head pain.

If you have headaches or migraines that affect your quality of life, Colorado Pain Relief of Colorado Springs can help.

What happens during an evaluation for headaches and migraines?

Colorado Pain Relief of Colorado Springs performs a thorough evaluation when you come in with concerns about headaches or migraines. Your provider reviews your symptoms, including the type and location of your pain and frequency.

They also ask about your daily routine and what you currently use to manage the pain. They review your medical history and family history and perform a physical exam.

Your provider at Colorado Pain Relief of Colorado Springs can diagnose headaches and migraines after a history and physical exam, and they may request diagnostic tests, such as lab work or imaging tests, to confirm or rule out another diagnosis.

What treatments help headaches and migraines?

Colorado Pain Relief of Colorado Springs takes a holistic and conservative approach to care. Your provider personalizes your headache or migraine treatment plan based on the headache type, the severity and frequency of pain, and your medical history.

Treatment for headaches may include a combination of medication management, procedures and interventions, and lifestyle changes, such as:

  • OTC pain relievers
  • Headache-specific medications
  • Stress management
  • Trigger point injections

Headaches and migraines often have specific triggers, like certain types of food. Your provider may recommend you keep a headache journal to help identify your triggers, which can help you avoid or reduce the frequency of your head pain.

For help with headaches and migraines, call Colorado Pain Relief of Colorado Springs or schedule an appointment online today.