Headache Specialist

Daily Apple Clinic

Adult Care, Primary Care, & Family Nurse Practitioners located in Congress Park, Denver, CO

Over the course of a year, between half and three-quarters of all adults in the world experience headaches or migraines. Paul Reynolds, FNP, Monica Schonteich, FNP, and the rest of the experienced team at Daily Apple Clinic in Congress Park of Denver, Colorado, specializes in headache management and prevention. For strategic and personalized headache care, call Daily Apple Clinic or book an appointment online today.

Headache Q & A

What is a headache?

Headaches are common issues that are usually no more than a temporary obstacle. If you only get them from time to time, managing them is probably not much of a problem for you. However, highly severe or recurrent headaches may require help from a medical professional. 

When most people think of headaches, their first thought is of pain in the head. While this is a primary symptom, it isn’t always the only one. You might also experience neck pain with your headaches or other symptoms like nausea or light sensitivity, depending on the headache type. 

Similarly, some headaches cause sharp pain while others are dull. When you come to Daily Apple Clinic experiencing headaches, you should be as specific as possible in your description of the pain so your provider can treat you or help with prevention. 

Which type of headache do I have?

Daily Apple Clinic can help you manage headaches of any kind. Two of the most common headache types are:

Tension headaches

Tension headaches cause mild to moderate pain and feel as though there’s a band wrapped tightly around your head. Even though tension headaches are the most common type, experts have little understanding of what causes them. However, stress is a clear trigger. 

Migraines

Migraines are severe headaches that rarely have head pain as their only symptom. Any head pain from a migraine is usually on just one side of the head. Other associated symptoms include nausea, light or sound sensitivity, and sweating or chills. 

When should I seek medical help for a headache?

If you’ve had a few headaches in your life, you might have discovered some home remedies that work for you in the rare instances you get them. You should consider booking an appointment at Daily Apple Clinic for professional headache care and prevention if:

  • You get headaches frequently
  • Your headaches are getting more severe
  • You can’t work or sleep due to your headaches
  • Your headaches don’t get better with over-the-counter medications

Very rarely, a headache can be a sign of a serious medical emergency. You should forgo making an appointment and go straight to the emergency room if your headache comes with confusion or disorientation, a high fever, or paralysis. 

How can I manage my headaches?

Daily Apple Clinic evaluates you to find out what, if anything, is causing your headaches and which type of headache you most often experience. They tailor an individualized treatment and prevention plan for you that may include:

  • Prescription medications like triptans or muscle relaxants
  • Preventive medications
  • Caffeine
  • Dietary modifications

One of the most effective ways to prevent headaches is to identify and take note of your triggers. For example, if your headaches tend to come after stress, certain foods, or specific activities, you should do your best to avoid them. 

If headaches happen to you frequently, or if they strongly impact your life when they do, book an appointment by phone or request one online today.