Headache

Palm Tree Interventional Pain Management

Interventional Pain Management located in St. Cloud, FL

Seemingly nothing can stop you faster than a headache, especially chronic migraines. At Palm Tree Interventional Pain Management, Jason Song, MD, PhD, brings his extensive, world-renowned pain management training to treating pain conditions, like headaches, in men and women in St. Cloud, Florida. If you have chronic pain from a headache disorder, call Palm Tree Interventional Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.

Headache Q & A

What is a headache?

It may seem like your brain is hurting when you have a headache, but the pain actually comes from the surrounding nerves, blood vessels, brain chemicals, and tissue, not the brain itself.  

Headaches can also cause pain elsewhere in your head or upper neck. These sensations can vary, occurring on one side, or moving from one spot to another, or even feel as though you have a vise squeezing your head. Headaches can also cause additional symptoms, like nausea, vomiting, visual disturbances, or heightened senses.

There are several kinds of headaches, which are organized into primary and secondary categories.

What is a primary headache?

Primary headaches occur because of issues with, or overactivity in, the pain-sensitive structures around your brain. These areas include nerves and blood vessels, chemicals, and muscles in your neck and head.

Common primary headaches include migraines, tension and cluster headaches, and trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias (TAC). These painful episodes are often triggered by lifestyle factors, including:

  • Missing meals
  • Eating certain foods
  • Increased stress
  • Intense exercise
  • Poor posture

You can also develop a primary headache because of changes in your sleep patterns or not getting enough quality rest.

What is a secondary headache?

Secondary headaches occur because a different issue triggered the pain-sensitive nerves in your head. Common examples of secondary headaches originate in the sinuses, spine, or even “brain freeze” from eating very cold foods, such as ice cream. 

These types of headaches are often triggered by:

  • Dehydration 
  • Sinusitis 
  • Ear infections
  • High blood pressure
  • Neck pain
  • Facial pain
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Secondary headaches can also be due to a stroke, brain aneurysm, or tumor. 

How do you treat headaches?

Dr. Song takes a comprehensive approach to diagnosing your headache pain. This involves reviewing your personal and family medical history, discussing your symptoms, and conducting a physical exam.

Based on his findings, Dr. Song often outlines a whole-body approach to treating your condition. This might involve a combination of medications and wellness-based integrative techniques, like physical therapy, chiropractic care, and acupuncture. He might also suggest stress management techniques and diet modifications.

In addition to these therapies, Dr. Song specializes in interventional pain management techniques, including:

  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Nerve block injection
  • Epidural steroid injection

Dr. Song also offers Botox® injections for migraine headaches. This therapy involves regular Botox injections every 12 weeks to prevent migraine headaches, or reduce their severity.

Get help treating those troublesome headaches by calling all Palm Tree Interventional Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.