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Headache Specialist

Spring Valley Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine located in Washington, DC & Bethesda, MD

Almost everyone has a headache once in a while, but severe and chronic headaches are another matter entirely. At Spring Valley Internal Medicine in Washington, DC, and Bethesda, Maryland, the committed team of providers understands how painful and draining chronic headaches can be. They use proven headache diagnosis, treatment, and prevention protocols to help you enjoy a life free from persistent headache pain. Call the office nearest you or click on the online appointment scheduler.

Headache Q & A

What are the most common types of headaches?

Of the more than 150 types of headaches, some of the most common are:

Tension headaches

Tension headaches often feel like a band is squeezing your whole forehead. They're the most common kind of headache in adults. 

Migraine headaches

Migraine headaches cause severe throbbing pain that's often on just one side of your head. They may trigger severe nausea and vomiting. Migraines can cause extreme sensitivity to light, noise, odors, and other sensory disturbances. They generally last for hours, even days. 

Cluster headaches

Cluster headaches cause the most intense pain of all headaches. As with migraines, the pain often occurs on one side, usually in the back of your eye. 

With cluster headaches, you may notice physical symptoms like a drooping eyelid, red eye, runny nose, and the pupil narrowing on the side of your face where you have the pain. They usually occur every day for a week to a year. Usually, a period of remission follows. 

Sinus headaches

Sinus headache pain occurs in the upper cheek or brow area, and may occur alongside nasal symptoms like a runny or stuffy nose. This type of headache can linger for days until the sinusitis causing it clears up. 

Sinus headaches and migraines have similar symptoms; in fact, 90% of sinus headaches turn out to be migraines. 

Other headache varieties, including hypertension, hormone, and medication-rebound headaches, include a variety of these same symptoms. It’s often hard to know exactly what kind of headache you have until you see the Spring Valley Internal Medicine team. 

When should I see a doctor for my headaches?

In general, if your headaches force you to change your normal behavior, or if they make you miss work, time with your family, or social activities, they’re intrusive and require treatment. Spring Valley Internal Medicine can help with all kinds of acute and chronic headaches.

How do you treat headaches?

At Spring Valley Internal Medicine, headache treatment is personalized to your specific symptoms. Your team of experienced providers can identify headache triggers and help you make lifestyle changes to reduce the number of headaches you experience. 

You may also benefit from medication, which you can take as needed or on a daily basis as a preventive measure. 

For treatment of your headaches, book your appointment at Spring Valley Internal Medicine by calling either office or using the online scheduler.