Headache

Mannam Medical Center

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Soundview, Bronx, NY

Everyone has a headache occasionally. In most cases, your headache passes quickly, on its own, or with the help of an over-the-counter painkiller. However, if you have chronic or severe headaches, you should make an appointment with Prashanth Mannam, MD, Leslie Beckford, PA, and the team at Mannam Medical Center in the Soundview neighborhood of The Bronx in New York City. The team offers treatments to relieve your headaches and reduce or eliminate their occurrence. Call Mannam Medical Center, or schedule a consultation online today, for personalized headache relief.

Headache Q & A

What are the common causes of headaches?

Many factors contribute to headaches, from dehydration and muscle tension to nerve malfunction and hormonal fluctuations. Headaches are primary or secondary, depending on their cause.

Secondary headaches

Secondary headaches develop as a symptom of another condition. For example, you can develop headaches when you have a sinus infection, allergies, or an ear infection. Conditions like concussions, high blood pressure, and stroke also cause secondary headaches.

Primary headaches

Primary headaches, on the other hand, are the main condition and are often due to hyperactivity or problems with the pain-sensing structures in your head. 

Migraine

A migraine is a collection of neurological symptoms, including severe headaches that are caused by abnormal activity in your trigeminal nerve. In addition to your headache, you might also feel nauseous or sensitive to light, scent, and sound. 

Tension headaches

Stress and muscle tension often trigger tension headaches. For example, you might also have neck and back pain with your tension headache as your muscles spasm and contract abnormally. 

Cluster headaches

Cluster headaches are severe but rare. They are usually localized around one eye or on one side of your head. Medical researchers believe that cluster headaches are due to hormonal changes and abnormal activity in your hypothalamus. 

When should I talk to a doctor about headaches?

You should make an appointment at Mannam Medical Center if you have more than two headaches a week. You should also seek medical care if your headaches are so severe that they keep you from work or other responsibilities.

If you have other symptoms like high fever (102℉ or higher), fainting, or trouble seeing, talking, or walking, go to your nearest emergency room or call 911 for immediate assistance. 

How are headaches treated?

The team at Mannam Medical Center offers customized treatments to address the root cause of your headaches. If you have primary headaches like migraines or cluster headaches, your provider might prescribe medication and lifestyle modifications to prevent your headaches. 

If you get frequent tension headaches, your provider might recommend stress management activities or regular massage. They might also examine your spine for structural irregularities that cause your pain. 

If you have another condition that causes headaches like high blood pressure or allergies, they provide treatments to address the underlying problem as well as relieving your headaches. 

Don’t ignore chronic or severe headaches, call Mannam Medical Center, or make an appointment online today, for expert help.