Headache Disorders

According to the World Health Organization, headache disorders are recurrent and chronic headaches, typically severe in intensity. They can present in a number of ways, the most common being:

Migraines

Migraines typically begin around puberty, affecting people most often between ages 35-45. Migraines headaches typically:

  • Affect women twice as often as men
  • Are moderate to severe intensity
  • Causes pain on one side of the head
  • Pain is throbbing or pulsating
  • Pain that worsens with physical activity
  • Pain can last either several hours or several days
  • Often includes accompanying nausea
  • Occur anywhere between once a year or several times a week

Cluster Headaches

Another headache disorder, cluster headaches typically:

  • Affects men more often than women
  • Affects people in their 20s or older
  • Comprises frequently-recurring (often several times a day) brief but extremely severe headache
  • Has pain focused in or around one eye
  • Pain that worsens with physical activity
  • Pain can last either several hours or several days
  • Often includes accompanying nausea
  • Occur anywhere between once a year or several times a week

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Although not technically a headache disorder, trigeminal neuralgia respond really well to CiC’s non-invasive treatment, so we’ve included it on the list. Trigeminal neuralgia is a pain disorder affecting the trigeminal nerve, and typically:

  • Causes severe and sudden pain on one side of the face
  • The pain can last from a few seconds to several minuts.
  • Like cluster headaches, the pain is shorter in duration, but can have several painful episodes over a period of time.

Treatments

Sphenopalatine ganglion block (SphenoCath)

This non-invasive treatment uses a catheter (small flexible tube) gently inserted into the nasal cavity with X-Ray guidance to deliver medication that relieves severe headache pain.

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